Pakistan’s Supreme Court today stayed the execution of three men convicted by a military court for their involvement in the Peshawar school carnage that killed at least 150 people, mostly children, in 2014.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Qazi Faez Isa ordered a stay on the implementation of the military court decision, which convicted Mohammad Zubair, Ali Rehman and Taj Mohammad, the Dawn reported.
The families of the convicts had challenged the military court verdict through petitions filed in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), however, after PHC dismissed the appeals, they moved the Supreme Court through Advocate Latif Afridi.
During the hearing, Afridi claimed that the high court did not even open the record and dismissed the appeals without hearing them. The court issued notices to the attorney general and jail branch, and directed the former to explain the dismissal of the appeals.
The hearing was subsequently adjourned to February 16, the report said.The attack by Taliban on an army-run school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014 killed at least 150 people, mostly children.
On December 2 last year, four terrorists involved in the massacre were hanged at a civil jail in Kohat. The hangings were the first executions of civilians convicted by Pakistan’s military courts.