Supreme Court (SC) has halted the death penalty of three convicts of APS Peshawar attack. The apex court ordered Attorney General to present the appeals submitted against their death penalty verdict.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Faez Isa heard the appeal against Peshawar High Court.

Taj Muhammad, Ali ur Rehman, Qari Zubair Muhammad were awarded death sentence by the military court in July 2015.

Mehro Bibi mother of Taj Muhammad and Sakhi Muhammad brother had filed the appeal against the high court.

The court issued notice to Attorney General for Pakistan and the JAG branch and suspended the execution till 16-02-2016.

The AGP has been ordered to submit the unsigned copy of military court order not disclosing the name and designation of the authority that had awarded the death sentence.

According to Waqt News sources the SC has asked for the copies of the decision on those appeals. “All three had been sentenced to death by the military courts. They were convicted for facilitating the APS attackers.”

On December 16, 2014 militants attacked the APS Peshawar and killed 144 people, including 132 children. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) accepted the responsibility of the attack.

Following the attack Pakistan established military courts under National Action Plan (NAP) and under these courts number of militants including facilitators of terror attacks were sentenced to death.

Military courts had been established for ‘swift justice’