Lahore- Convicted sectarian terrorist Ikramul Haq alias Akram Lahori was executed in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail today.
Today’s execution pushed the total number of executions to 19, carried out since Pakistan lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty in mid-December.
Lahori was scheduled to be hanged at 6 AM on January 8th. However, his family members rushed to the jail to stay the execution by striking a compromise agreement with the grieved party. Lahori’s lawyer, Advocate Ghulam Mustafa Mangan said the victims finally pardoned him before the magistrate and requested him to stay the hanging.
“The hanging was canceled after we reached a compromise with the complainant’s family. They have pardoned my client,” Mangan said, without giving further details of the deal. His family members approached the magistrate in jail, asserting that Ikramul Haq has been mistaken for another terrorist Akram Lahori, adding the two are different persons.
The magistrate put his execution on hold for the time being. However, a local Faisalabad court upheld the verdict regarding his execution on January 13, when his death warrants were re-issued. The anti-terrorism court convicted him in 2004 for killing a Shiite Muslim.