RAWALPINDI - A district and sessions judge on Tuesday ordered Superintendent Adyala Jail to send a convicted murder to gallows on February 3, 2015 while restoring the death warrants of the accused.

The judge also snubbed the Superintendent Adyala Jail Malik Mushtaq Ahmed Awan for showing leniency in obeying court’s orders of hanging the accused. The court also warned the superintendent to avoid committing contempt of court in future,

DSJ Muhammad Tanveer Akbar took up case and ordered jail authorities to hang Shohaib Sarwar, a convicted murder, on February 3 in Adyala Jail and also restored his death warrants.

Arguing before the court, Muhammad Ilyas Siddiqui said that the accused Shohaib Sarwar murdered a man in Wah Cannt area on January 1, 1996 while a court of law awarded him death sentence on July 22, 1998. The mercy pleas of the accused had been rejected by the high court and Supreme Court of Pakistan, the lawyer argued. He added that the brother of the deceased approached LHC Rawalpindi Bench and filed a writ petition against non-implementation of death sentence of the murderer.

Taking up the writ petition, LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi on July 17, 2015 ordered the sessions judge to issue death warrants of the murderer. On this, the heirs of accused approached Division Bench of LHC which also turned down their plea while upholding the death sentence, he said and added that the sessions judge again issued black warrants of the accused and asked the jail authorities to hang the accused on February 3.

LHC upholds ATC verdict

on terror cases

A divisional bench of Lahore High Court on Tuesday upheld the verdict of an anti-terror court by rejecting acquittal pleas of six terrorists involved in cases of plotting attack on former military ruler at Army House and recovery of explosive-laden vehicles.

The bench comprising Justice Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah and Justice Sikandar Zulqarnain Saleem heard the case.

The six terrorists, whose acquittal pleas were turned down, included Intekhab Abbasi, Abid Khan, Muhammad Ishaq, Qamar Zaman, Muhammad Kabir and Zafar.

Police had arrested all the terrorists for hatching a plan to launch terror attack of Army House where the then former COAS and President General Pervez Musharraf was residing and recovery of three explosive laden vehicles and suicide material from their possession.

A case was registered with Police Station Civil Lines while an anti-terrorism court had awarded life imprisonment to two counts to the accused besides imposing a fine of Rs 250,000 each. The accused approached LHC seeking cancellation of the orders of ATC. However, the DB of LHC rejected their acquittal pleas and upheld the verdict of ATC.