LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday called for the production of case record of six ‘members’ of a proscribed organisation who were earlier awarded death penalty by military courts on the charge of targeted killing.

The convicts’ heirs had challenged the sentence handed down by the military courts inter alia questioning legality of the conviction of the sentence.

The convicts included Sabir Shah, Abdul Rauf, Awais Gujjar, Suleman Pathan, Rafiullah and Sheikh Farhan.

Advocate Zia Bajwa argued on behalf of the appellants that trial of the convicts was underway before anti-terrorism courts when their case, at the state of recording of evidence before the ATCs, was shifted to military courts.

He said neither the convicts were allowed to meet their families nor given a chance to engage counsel to defend themselves before the military courts.

The counsel added the families of the convicts had come to know about the military courts’ decision through a press release issued by ISPR.

According to the counsel, the habeas corpus petitions challenging illegal detention of the convicts were pending before the high court when they were secretly shifted from the Kot Lakhpat jail to military custody. He further argued that requisites of justice were not met by the military courts while awarding sentence to the appellants. He asked the court to set aside the military courts’ decisions being unjust and unfair.

A division bench headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan postponed hearing till Nov 10 and directed the federal government to produce record of the cases.