SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association) — An anti-terrorism court on Monday deferred till June 30 the hanging of two condemned nasbi terrorists of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, who had been sentenced to death in a doctor’s killing case.
After the superior judiciary dismissed their appeals and the President of Pakistan rejected their mercy petition, an ATC had on June 11 issued black warrants for Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif and fixed June 26 for their execution.
However, a court official said that jail authorities, through an application, informed the court that the two condemned terrorists had filed an application for the postponement of the hanging on the ground that they might enter into a compromise with the complainant party.
The application was placed before Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso, the judge in charge of the ATC-III, who deferred the execution for five days.
Both the convicted terrorists were sentenced to death by an ATC in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Pirani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in the Soldier Bazaar area.
The prosecution said that Dr Pirani came out of his clinic in Soldier Bazaar and was about to drive off his car when two motorcyclists opened fire on him, leaving him seriously wounded.
He was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
The police arrested banned LJ chief Mohammad Ajmal alias Akram Lahori and his accomplices on June 29, 2002 within the remit of the Defence police station and they disclosed their involvement in the present case, it added.
A case was lodged under Section 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code read with Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 at the Soldier Bazaar police station.
Latest reports say that the nasbi terrorists and their patrons were trying to scare the heirs and relatives of Dr Pirani for compromise through middle men. Shia community has asked the government to ensure security of Dr Pirani’s family. They urged the government to hang the nasbi terrorists at the earliest.— www.shafaqna.com/english/