Karachi: Anti-Terrorism Court today issued a fresh black warrant, for the execution of condemned prisoner Shafqat Hussain and directed jail authorities to send him to the gallows on August 4 at the Karachi Central Prison.

The jail authorities approached the trial court through an application before Ramzan, for the issuance of fresh warrant for execution of condemned prisoner, by submitting that the court issued last warrant on June 1 and fixed June 9 for hanging. However, the execution was postponed hours before the scheduled time, they added.

A court official earlier said the application was not taken up, since a moratorium was imposed on executions during the holy month. The court was likely to issue a fresh warrant on Saturday.

A trial court (ATC-III) judge issued fresh black warrants for Shafqat today with directives, to hang him till death on August 4 at 4:00 am, under the supervision of a judicial magistrate and submit a compliance report after executing him.

Shafqat was sentenced to death by an antiterrorism court in September 2004, after he was found guilty of killing a seven-year-old boy after abducting him for ransom in April 2004 in New Town.