ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court yesterday stayed the capital punishment awarded by a military court to Muhammad Tahir, a Bannu jailbreak accused.

Acting IHC Chief Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi heard the petition of Muhammad Tahir’s father who had sought grant of stay against the capital punishment awarded to his son by a military court for his involvement in the Bannu jailbreak incident.

Earlier, the acting chief justice had turned down his request seeking interim relief of stay against his son’s death sentence . The court, however, stayed his death sentence yesterday till October 1 and directed the Interior Ministry to submit its reply on the next hearing.

The military court had sentenced Tahir to death for his involvement in the Bannu Jailbreak incident. His father moved the IHC and nominated the state and the Ministry of Interior as respondents, praying to the court to stay his son’s execution. He also sought certified documents related to the trial of his son along with order sheets.

In his petition, he contended that he was a resident of Bannu city. “On February 24, 2014, my son Tahir was working at his fruit and vegetable cart in Lahore when some unidentified persons kidnapped him. All the family members kept searching for him, but could not find him. Another son of mine, Muhib Ullah, reported the incident to Raiwind (Lahore) police who also failed to locate him,” the petitioner said.

Mir Shah continued that on September 03, 2015, he came to know that his son had been awarded death sentence by a military court for attacking jail in Bannu.

The petitioner added that he tried to meet his son, but he was not allowed. “My request to provide me with the trial documents was also rejected,” he stated. He maintained that under Article 10A of the Constitution, fair trial was a fundamental right of an accused.

He prayed to the court to stay the execution of his son and provide him with the trial documents.

The court adjourned the hearing until October 1.