MIRPUR (AJK): The implementation of capital punishment awarded to two persons in two separate murder cases has been postponed in Central Jail Mirpur for 10 days as killers’ families are seeking forgiveness from the victims’ heirs, authorities said. According to the schedule followed by issuance of the death warrants after rejection of the mercy petitions of both of the culprits by the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, murders Yaqoob and Ghazenfer, both residents of Kotli district of AJK, were to be put on gallows in the Mirpur Central Jail on Friday, said the deputy superintendent of Central Jail.

Yaqoob had axed Imam of a mosque Javed at Tattapani village in Kotli district to death a few years ago. Similarly, the other assassin had shot dead his relative Raja Illayas, Naib Tehsildar at Gulpur in the same district a few years back.–Staff Reporter

Both the accused were awarded death penalty in the murder charges by a district court of AJK and the capital punishment kept intact by the Supreme Court of AJK as the appeals of both the culprits against the punishment were turned down by the apex court, he said.

The award of capital punishment was postponed reportedly for 10 days after the families of the murderers moved to the victims’ families for clemency and patch-up between the rival groups, he added