The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Monday granted a stay of execution to a murder convict after the heirs of his victim pardoned him.
Mirza Sarfraz, convicted of murdering Tahir in Gujar Khan, was sentenced to death by a sessions court and was scheduled to be hanged in Adiala Jail on April 21, after the Supreme Court rejected his mercy petition.
On Monday, however, Sarfaraz’s counsel Faisal Butt appeared before LHC Justice Mehmud Maqbool Bajwa and said that his client had reached a settlement with the legal heirs of the deceased.
The brothers of the convict then produced before the court a copy of an affidavit detailing the settlement with the aggrieved party.
The court granted a stay and issued notices to jail authorities and other respondents seeking their replies.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2015.
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