Karachi, Dec 18: Blank warrants for six inmates on death row in Sindh in Pakistan were issued after their mercy petitions were rejected by the country's President Mamnoon Hussain. The execution could be carried out soon, a report in the Dawn said. [Good Taliban is Bad Taliban for India]
On Thursday, President Hussain rejected the mercy plea of 17 criminals, including the six from Sindh, given the death penalty. Ten belong to Punjab and one from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif removed the moratorium on death penalty for the convicts after 148 people were killed in a deadly terror attack in an army school in Peshawar. Over 130 children were massacred by the suicide attackers backed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
The six prisoners on death row in terrorism cases in Sindh include Ataullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Shareef; Bahram Khan, Shafqat Hussain, Jalal Morejo and Abdul Razzaq Chauhan, members of banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, all convicted of assault and murder, th dawn report learnt from police sources.
Sindh has over 450 inmates on death row.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court asked the provisional and federal governments to submit comments by January 9 about inmates who were convicted on terrorism charges and have been given death sentence, the Dawn report said.