LAHORE/RAWALPINDI- Lahore High Court benches in Lahore and Rawalpindi today barred six death row prisoners from going to gallows on legal grounds.

According to details, Rawalpindi Division Bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered acquittal of four condemned prisoners who were awarded death penalty in 2002 Shah-e-Najaf Imambargah suicide attack case in Rawalpindi.

The bench heard appeals of the convicted terrorists’ today and declared null and void the death penalty handed down to the accused by Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004.

A two-member bench of the LHC, comprising Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin, heard the case pertaining to the convicts' intra-court appeal today. The defendants' counsel Babar pleaded in the court that there was no solid evidence which showed that the convicts were responsible or associated with the attack on the Imambargah.

After hearing the counsel's arguments, the court acquitted the convicts today. The court, ordering immediate release of the accused, observed that they were awarded death sentence over ‘insufficient proofs’.

The accused – Habib Ullah, Fazal Hameed, Tahir and Naseer – were involved in collaborating with the suicide attacker who left 11 dead and 30 injured in the terrorist attack. Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court’s Lahore bench suspended death warrants issued for two death row convicts, Muhammad Faiz and Muhammad Sharif, who were facing the noose in two separate murder cases. The court issued its ordered after hearing appeals of the convicts’ family members who stated in a petition that death warrants could not be issued for the prisoners since Supreme Court is hearing their appeal.