KARACHI - Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday issued death warrants of as many as seven terrorists including warrants of Zulfiqar Ali, who belongs to banned outfit Al-Qaeda.

These terrorists will be hanged from January 13-15.

The ATC issued black warrants of terrorists namely M Talha, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahid Haneef, Shafqat, Behram Khan and M Saeed.

Zulfiqar Ali had opened fire outside the American Consulate in Karachi and killed at least three police personnel including a sub-inspector. Ali will be hanged on January 13 in Rawalpindi Jail. Shahid Haneef and Khaleel Ahmed will also be hanged on January 13 in Sukkur Jail.

Moreover, Behram Khan is supposed to be hanged on January 13, Shafqat on January 14 while M Saeed on January 15 in the Central Jail, Karachi. Furthermore, M Talha will be hanged in Sukkur Jail on January 15.

Earlier, confusion persisted as jail officials were not sure whether the two inmates in Karachi would be hanged. “Right now, the orders say that those inmates who are terrorists are to be hanged,” said superintendent Kazi Nazeer Ahmed. “Both these men do not have affiliations with any banned outfit.”

Shafqat would be sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old boy in 2004. Behram would be sentenced was sentenced to death for killing a lawyer on the premises of the Sindh High Court in 2003.

It is to be noted here that on December 17, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a six-year moratorium on death penalty for those convicted for terrorism a day after the deadly attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that left 150 persons dead, mostly the children.

So far, seven militants convicted of attacks on the Pakistan Army headquarters and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf have been hanged.

SIX POLICEMAN INJURED IN ROAD ACCIDENT

At least six policemen were injured when their van overturned on Sharah-e-Faisal on Saturday.

According to police, the van overturned near Nursery when its tie-rod broke causing minor injuries to the personnel of Crime Investigation Department (CID). Police said the van belonging to CID in-charge Ali Raza’s squad was completely destroyed in the mishap. The injured were taken to the Jinnah Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, SSP Irfan Baloch has informed that Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) has been formed and soon the force will be made functional after training from Pakistan Army.

Talking to media persons here on Saturday, he said that 60 policemen were getting commando training from the army in the first phase. The government will also provide bulletproof vehicles soon while a philanthropist has promised to provide 50 motorbikes to Hyderabad Police, he informed.

He said though no terror threat had been received so far, however, adequate security arrangements have been made to ensure security of Eid Miladun Nabi procession on Sunday. The procession will be escorted by heavy police contingent wile closed circuit cameras are also being installed according to the requirement, he added.

The SSP informed that the management of private schools has been advised to hire security guards with necessary security measures. The sharp shooters have also been deployed at the buildings around the Central Prison where high alert security has already been put in place, he added.