A convict on death row was hanged at Central Prison Haripur Thursday morning while another inmate’s was postponed after the complainant forgave him a few hours before his execution.
A prison official told The Express Tribune Imtiaz Ahmed, a resident of Khaki village in Mansehra, had been convicted by a district court for murdering a van driver while attempting to kidnap him in 2005. He was awarded the death penalty.
Subsequently, Ahmed’s appeal was turned down by the Peshawar High Court and Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The home department issued a black warrant against him three days before his execution. “His mercy petition was rejected by the president last week,” the official said. “The last meeting between Ahmed and his family was arranged on Wednesday. He was hanged at 5:30am in the presence of the magistrate, doctor and jail administration officials.”
The execution of another convict was postponed after the complainant decided to forgive him.
The home department issued a black warrant against Muhammad Humayun Jamal, a resident of Mardan, and he was going to be executed on Thursday at Central Prison Haripur. Jamal was awarded capital punishment for murdering his father in 2006. However, his brother, who had filed a complaint against him, decided to forgive him and struck a deal through a district court in Mardan.
The deal was sent to the home department and jail authorities and will be scrutinised. Until then, Jamal’s execution has been postponed.
According to officials, there are 114 inmates at the facility who are on death row. The appeals of over 30 of them have been rejected.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2016.
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