RAWALPINDI - The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bench, on Wednesday revoked stay orders in the cases of seven convicts who were sentenced to death by the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) for their involvement in terrorism cases.

The appeals of the seven convicts had also been dismissed by a military court of appeals.

Justice Arshad Mahmood Tabassum, while taking up the pleas of five convicts, seeking suspension of their death penalties, withdrew its December 22 order staying execution of death penalties to five convicts awarded by FGCM, after the federal government filed an application against the order.

The Rawalpindi Bench had suspended the execution of death sentence in the matter of five convicted terrorists from the military court for their involvement in attacking armed forces’ personnel and policemen in Gujrat and Gujranwala in 2012. Laeeq Khan Swati, the counsel for the five convicts, told the court that its December 22 order was not implemented regarding provision of trial documents and judgment of military courts to his clients.

While objecting to his arguments, military representative argued before the court that the five convicts had been provided with the said documents by the military court.

After hearing arguments of both the parties, the LHC Rawalpindi Bench reserved the verdict. The five convicts, Ehsan Azeem, Asif Idrees, Amir Yousaf, Kamran Aslam and Umar Nadeem, had been detained at Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.

In the second case, Justice Zafar Ullah Khan Khakwani of Rawalpidni Bench vacated the stay order in the matter of the two prisoners convicted by a military court for attacking National Bank of Pakistan’s Mall Branch in November 2009 and killing seven persons.

The two convicts, Ghulam Nabi and Abdul Malik, had been imprisoned at Faisalabad Jail.

In the evening, both the benches vacated the stay orders in the cases of seven terrorists convicted by military courts. The seven terrorists may be hanged at anytime.

Meanwhile, the Rawalpindi Bench of LHC also vacated the stay order granted to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Raja Rashid Hafeez and directed him to appear before the Election Tribunal (ET).

PML-N ex-MPA Ziaullah Shah had filed a petition before the ET, while alleging that Raja Rashid Hafeez was a defaulter of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) and had also concealed his assets. The former MPA prayed to the ET to disqualify PTI MPA Raja Rashid Hafeez. Raja Rashid Hafeez had obtained stay order from the LHC one year back.