Shafqat Hussain's Plea Rejected by IHC

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 11 May 2015 11:27

Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected the plea by Shafqat Hussain’s counsel to form a committee that would probe an inquiry into the age of the death row convict, media reported. 

Last week, IHC issued a stay order against his execution just a day before he was scheduled to be hanged.

The stay order was granted on the grounds that the inquiry conducted by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to determine Hussain’s age was ‘illegal’.

The IHC last week had directed the government to explain the legal status of the inquiry conducted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to determine the age of the murder convict.

Today’s hearing at the IHC rejected a further plea by  Shafqat’s counsel which would probe an inquiry into his age, meaning that there would be no further delay in his hanging.

Sources confirmed that the chance of further requests or pleas to stay his hanging were slim.

Hussain was arrested and sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in 2004 for the kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old boy in 2001 from an apartment building in Karachi where he was working as a guard. His execution has been delayed three times as confusion over whether he was a juvenile when convicted or not remains unclear.

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