Hanging of a mass murderer postponed

RAWALPINDI: Zafar killed six associates of Capt Sarwar Shaheed’s family in the Arya Mohallah of Rawalpindi and later went to Sangori village of Mandra and also gunned down five other members of the family in January 1994.

The hanging of a mass slayer in Adiala Jail on Tuesday was postponed for the second time on Monday, a senior jail official said.

He said the killing of retired Capt Zafar Iqbal was deferred till further orders on Monday evening on the orders of the district and sessions court.

The family of the imprisoned killer had filed an appeal with the session’s court, saying they had a patch-up with the beneficiaries of the sufferers.

After all efforts by the family of the convicted prisoner proved unproductive, his death warrant was issued by the relevant court of law and he was scheduled to be hanged on Tuesday.

Following the court instructions, the jail establishments deferred the execution.

An anti-terrorism court presented death penalty to him which was later sustained by the Lahore High Court.

The evaluation appeal of the convicted murderer was also banned by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court in 2008 and his forgiveness request was also turned down by the president of Pakistan.

Before the court instruction, the condemned killer held his last meeting with his family members, including his son Tasawar Iqbal in the prison on Monday.

“My father acknowledged that what had happened in the past should not have happened. He advised me to end the enmity after his death and not to take revenge from anybody,” Tasawar

On April 14, Zafar’s execution was postponed till April 17 as discussions between the kin of the victims and the felon were ongoing for a patch-up.


The post originally appeared in Dawn News