ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Tuesday adjourned the hearing of Shafqat Hussain’s appeal against the Islamabad High Court’s order as his counsel sought time to verify whether execution of his client was halted?

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk, heard Shafqat’s plea, but his counsel apprised the court that he read in a newspaper that execution of his client was halted at night but was not sure about it.

Dr Tariq Hassan, appearing on behalf of the death row prisoner, sought time to verify whether Shafqat was executed or not?

Conceding his request, the chief justice adjourned the hearing till today (Wednesday). The CJP made it clear that the court did not issue any stay order on the execution of Shafqat on Tuesday’s night.

It was reported in press that Superintendent Karachi Central Jail Kazi Nazeer Ahmed confirmed that Hussain’s execution has been stayed. His execution was scheduled to be carried out at 4:30am on Tuesday at the Karachi Central Jail. This is the fourth time that his execution was postponed. Anti-Terrorism Court, Karachi, had issued black warrants for death row convict for the fourth time. There is a mystery as who had ordered to stay the execution of Hussain. Dr Tariq Hassan told reporters in the SC premises that he was still unaware that on whose order the execution of his client has been stayed.

He also said that he waited at the Supreme Court till 7pm in the evening and by that time no stay order had been issued to halt the execution.

The counsel said their plea had not been taken up during the day, as the CJP was busy with the proceedings of the Inquiry Commission probing allegations of rigging in the May 2013 general elections.

Shafqat was arrested and sentenced to death in 2004 for kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old boy from an apartment building in Karachi where he was working as a guard.

The Islamabad High Court on May 11 had dismissed the application of Shafqat for setting up of a judicial commission for verification of his age and against that order his counsel had filed the appeal in the Supreme Court last week.