LAHORE - A full bench of the Federal Shariat Court on Thursday vacated a stay order granted to a convict of death sentence for murdering a couple besides raping the woman.

A single bench of the Shariat Court had granted stay order against the verdict of a trial court of Faisalabad, in which it had awarded death sentence to convict Akhtar Hussain.

The convict had killed Manzoor Ahmad and his wife. The convict along with his accomplices had also rapped the woman before killing her.

When the full bench headed by Justice Fida Hussain on Thursday resumed the hearing, the convict through his counsel denied the allegations levelled on him and requested the court to confirm the stay order.

The deceased’s counsel informed the bench that Akhtar Hussain had killed Manzoor Ahmad along with his wife. The crime had been proved following which the trail court had awarded death sentence to Akhtar, he added. He requested the court not to confirm the stay order. The bench recorded the arguments of both the parties and vacated the stay order granted to Akhtar against his death sentence. NOTICE ISSUED TO ECP: The Lahore High Court (LHC) issued notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and other respondents on a petition against upcoming by-polls in Punjab’s constituency 249 of district Vahari.

The by-elections have been challenged by Muhammad Ashfaq and ten other voters of the constituency.

They submitted that the ECP had issued a notification for holding by-polls in their electorate on February 18. While, under the constitution the by-polls could not be held before 90 days of the general election, they pointed out.

The ECP notification was a violation of constitution because the present government was going the complete its constitutional tenure after 60 days, the added.  They requested the court to set aside the notification by declaring it unlawful.

The court heard the arguments and sought reply from the ECP and others respondent within one week.

DISMISSED: The LHC dismissed a plea seeking directions to the federal government to change the name of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial dismissed the plea moved by Advocate Feroz Shah Gilani.

They petitioner submitted that government had started BISP from the national exchequer. The name of any political personality could not be used on any scheme started on government kitty, the petitioner said.

He requested the court to direct government to change the name of BISP. The chief justice heard the arguments and dismissed the plea by observing the court could not interfere in policy matters of government.