Death penalty: Two sent to the gallows in Faisalabad

The murder convicts had exhausted all avenues of appeal.

Our Correspondent May 26, 2015

FAISALABAD: Two prisoners on death row were hanged at the Faisalabad Central Jail on Tuesday.

The jail superintendent told The Express Tribune that Iftikhar Ahmad alias Pasi, resident of Gujjar Basti, and Asif Zaib, a resident of Chak 111, Sargodha, were executed.

The superintendent said Ahmad was convicted of the murder of his rivals Chaudhry Allah Rakha, Ramazan and Muhammad Ashraf, whom he had shot dead in the Gulberg police precincts on July 15, 2001.

Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Akram had sentenced Ahmad to death on six counts. The apex courts had upheld the decision and the president had also turned down his plea for mercy.

ATC Judge Raja Pervaiz Akhtar had issued black warrants for Ahmad and fixed May 26 as the date of execution.

Jail officials said Ahmad’s family had visited him in prison before he was executed. Ahmad had tearfully apologised to his family, said he had repented of his offence and kept asking his family to save him from the gallows, they said.

On Tuesday, Ahmad’s body was handed over to his family for burial.

Zaib was sentenced to death by then Sargodha Additional Sessions Judge Chaudhry Muhammad Asif on March 27, 1996, for killing his rival Ejaz Ahmad in a scuffle in the Sillanwali police precincts. Zaib had exhausted all avenues of appeal.

The Sargodha district and sessions judge issued black warrants against Zaib and fixed May 26 for execution.

The jail superintendent said they had handed over Zaib’s body to his family after the execution.

Security was tightened in and around Faisalabad Central Jail on Tuesday to avoid an untoward incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2015.


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