PAKISTAN: BANNED OUTFITâS HITMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING THREE
January 18, 2021:
An antiterrorism court on 17 January 2021 awarded death sentence to a hitman, said to be associated with the banned outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, for killing three people during an attack on a shrine, the Dawn reported. (Sources: Geo tv, 17/01/2021; Dawn, 17/01/2021)
Mohammad Ishaq, alias Bobby, was found guilty of shooting to death Zahir Hussain Shah; caretaker of the shrine of Nazar Ali Shah, his friend Mohammad Younus and an employee of the shrine, Mohammad Nawaz, in Korangi on 23 August 2014.
The prosecution said Ishaq and his accomplice shot at victims and fled the scene. Ishaq was on the run until November 2016 when police detained him.
Apart from the death penalty, the ATC also slapped a fine of Rs50,000 and a 10-year imprisonment sentence. The judge also ordered the convict to pay a compensation of Rs200,000 to the legal heirs of each victim, otherwise suffer additional imprisonment of six months.
The LeJ member is a high-profile convict on death row for multiple crimes including the murder of renowned singer Qawwal Amjad Sabri. This is the third capital punishment among others awarded to him in a month.