2 LEJ terrorists being hanged on Tuesday

KARACHI: Tuesday has been fixed for the execution of two terrorists belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi who had been sentenced to death 10 years ago in a sectarian killing case.

An antiterrorism court on Friday issued black warrants for Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif who had been given death sentence by an antiterrorism court in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in the Soldier Bazaar area.

The court directed the jail authorities at the Sukkur central prison to carry out the hanging of Attaullah and Azam on Dec 23 at 6:30am till death.

The Sukkur jail superintendent earlier informed the ATC-V through a letter that the last stay order issued by the president in this case was withdrawn as the government lifted a moratorium on executions.

He asked the court to issue fresh black warrants for the condemned prisoners. The father of one of the condemned prisoners, Hashim Khan, then moved an application through his lawyer, asking the ATC to defer the issuance of black warrants.

He said he also filed a petition in the case in the apex court that passed an order about fixing it for hearing after removal of some objections. His lawyer said they would approach the apex court on Saturday to stay the hanging.

Judge Mohammad Javed Alam of the ATC-V then issued the black warrants for the condemned prisoners, directing the authorities to carry out the execution under the supervision of the area magistrate after fulfilling legal formalities.

The court had issued black warrants several times in the past for the two convicts but their hanging had been repeatedly deferred on stay orders issued from the presidency.

Dr Peerani, belonging to Shia sect, was killed by armed motorcyclists in a targeted attack on sectarian grounds when he came out of his clinic in Soldier Bazaar and was about to leave in his car. The wounded doctor was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Since 2008, only one execution has been carried out after a military court sentenced to death a solider for killing a colleague.

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