LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday suspended death warrants of a convict booked in five murder cases. Execution of 67-year-old Maqbool Hussain, disabled with one leg, was scheduled at Multan Jail on Tuesday (today).

In his petition, he submitted that his trial was totally flawed as he was not given right to engage his counsel. Although a prosecutor had been appearing on his behalf, he himself could not hire his counsel to defend his case. Maqbool Hussain was awarded life imprisonment for four times, death sentence and Rs50,000 fine by anti terrorism court Multan in year 2000.

The LHC Multan bench confirmed his death sentence on June 13, 2006. His appeal against the death sentence was rejected also by Supreme Court on July 30, 2015.

According to him, the Multan police had involved him in five murder cases in 1996. Muhammad Hussain, Abdul Ghafar, Muhammad Azhar and two others were among the dead.

Hussain told the court that he was an old man with an amputated leg lost after his enemies shot him. He prayed the court to stay his execution as legal requirements were not fulfilled during the trial.

After hearing the arguments, the court stayed his execution and adjourned hearing for August 11.