PESHAWAR: A condemned prisoner, Faisal Sheraz, convicted of killing his parents and a brother over 16 years ago, was executed at Peshawar Central Prison during wee hours on Tuesday.

A civil judge-cum-judicial magistrate, Mohammad Asghar Ali, supervised hanging of the convict while officials of the prison and concerned doctor were also present. Later, the body was received by his younger brother, Jamal, and was laid to rest at Murshidabad area here.

The convict, Faisal Sheraz, had killed his father, Jawed Iqbal, mother Mussarat Bibi and brother Nauman and had also injured another brother named Jamal near Kohati Gate area in 2001. The FIR of the occurrence was registered at Police Station Agha Mir Jani Shah.

According to the case history, the inhabitants of the locality had heard noise from inside the residence of Jawed Iqbal and they had called the police. When the police personnel forced their entry into the house they had found bodies of the three killed persons in a pool of blood.

The deceased persons were first fired at and later on their throats were slit. The convict had initially been pretending that unidentified persons had killed his family members and he had escaped killing. However, during investigation he admitted before the police that he had killed his family members over a domestic dispute.

He was subsequently tried by an additional district and sessions judge in Peshawar, and was convicted on Oct 5, 2006, and awarded death sentence on three counts. The judgment was upheld by the Peshawar High Court and Supreme Court. His mercy petition was also turned down by the President of Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, January 31st, 2018