HARIPUR: A man convicted of killing three people during jirga in 2003 was finally taken to the gallows on Thursday. Saiful Islam was served death sentence by a trial court in Mardan for spraying bullets on a jirga that had been called to settle his dispute. Three people had died in the incident. A trial court had handed Saif a death sentence which was upheld by the Peshawar High Court and the Supreme Court. His mercy petition was also rejected by the president. A day earlier, Saif’s heirs were allowed to meet him for the last time. A hangman was called from Peshawar central jail for the execution. On a chilly morning of Thursday, he was taken out of the death cell and made to walk to the gallows and stand on the plank. At 6:30am the hangman pulled the lever completing the sentence of the court. The body was handed over to the family after legal formalities.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2018.