Karachi: An anti-terrorism court in Karachi today issued death warrant for condemned prisoner Shafqat Hussain , and ordered his execution on June 9.

Superintendent Central Jail Karachi wrote a letter to the judge of ATC III, saying that the stay period of Shafqat's execution is over, and therefore a black warrant be issued for the hanging of the death row prisoner.

ATC III judge issued a death warrant for the condemned prisoner with directives to hang him till death on June 9, at 4:30 am under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, and submit a compliance report after executing him.

Shafqat was arrested and sentenced to death in 2004 for the kidnapping and involuntary murder of a seven-year-old boy, who lived in a Karachi apartment building, where he worked as a security guard.

All courts in the land had turned down his appeals and the Supreme Court threw out a review petition that was the first to raise the matter of Shafqat’s juvenility at the time of arrest, maintaining that this line of defence should have been introduced at the trial court level.