KARACHI–An anti-terrorism court in Karachi issued on Saturday death warrants for six death row prisoners involved in different cases.
Two prisoners of Karachi Central Jail, Shafqat Hussain and Behram Khan, were among those whose warrants were issued today.
Shafqat was sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old boy in 2004, while Behram was sentenced to death for killing a lawyer on the premises of the Sindh High Court in 2003.
Earlier, confusion persisted as jail officials were not sure whether these two inmates would be hanged. “Right now, the orders say that those inmates who are terrorists are to be hanged,” said superintendent Kazi Nazeer Ahmed. “Both these men don’t have affiliations with any banned outfit.”
As per the warrants issued, the two men will be hanged in Karachi Central Jail on January 13 and January 14.
Further, three of the prisoners belong to the banned sectarian outfit, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and were convicted in 2002 for sectarian killings. Of the three, Shahid Hanif and Khalil will be hanged in Sukkur jail on January 13, while Talha will be executed on January 15.
As per the death warrants issued, Zulfiqar, sentenced to death for murdering two policemen outside the US Consulate in Karachi in 2003, will be hanged on January 13 in Adiala jail, Rawalpindi.