ISLAMABAD  - The Supreme Court of Pakistan was moved on Monday to suspend the execution of death sentences awarded by Field General Court Martial (FGCM) till the decision of the court.

Sajida Perveen, mother of a death row prisoner, Ehsan Azeem, and Col Inam-ur-Rahim separately filed the petitions and made Federation of Pakistan through Secretary Ministry of Defence, Chief of Army Staff, GHQ Rawalpindi, Judge Advocate General GHQ Rawalpindi, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Headquarters Islamabad as respondents.

He prayed the court to take notice of the recent executions and issue of death warrants and added except Arshad Mehmood, none was tried under the charges of terrorism, none was allowed to produce defence witnesses, none was given trial proceedings for filing of appeals, none was provided the judgment of court of appeals, but only death warrants were issued to execute them which amounts to a murder.

He stated that on 24th December 2014 the Deputy Attorney General had apprised the Lahore High Court that the production of charge sheet, trial proceedings and the judgment of court of appeals is against the public interest.

The Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench, accepted the view and dismissed the petition being non-maintainable under Article 199(3) of the Constitution being Army Matter, which is altogether erroneous view. The act of military authorities was utter violation of Articles 2-A, 9, 10, 10-A, 13 & 19-A of the Constitution.

The two separate benches of Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Registry, on 24th December 2014 had revoked the stay orders in cases of 7 convicts, who were sentenced to death by the FGCM, for their involvement in terrorism cases.

The LHC Rawalpindi Bench on December 22, 2014 had granted stay to seven convicts including Ehsan Azeem, Asif Idrees, Amir Yousaf, Kamran Aslam, Umar Nadeem, Ghulam Nabi and Abdul Malik by suspending their death penalties against the military court judgment.

Sajida Perveen, through her counsel Laiq Khan Swati, prayed: "The petitioner seeks intervention of the SC for the suspension of illegal and unlawful sentence of Ehsan Azeem son of the petitioner etc as there is no other adequate and efficacious remedy available except invoke the constitutional jurisdiction of this court."

The petitioner said that her son and other five prisoners were kept in secret detention during the investigation but there is no concept of secret trial under the law. "It is quite evident that conviction of the son of the petitioner is unlawful, therefore, indulgence of this court is necessary and expedite under Article 185(3) of the constitution," said the petitioner.

Six persons including Mohammad Aqeel, Arshad Mehmood, Ghulam Sarwar, Akhlaque Ahmed, Rasheed Mehmood and Zubair Ahmed were executed on December 19 after the moratorium on death penalty in terrorism related cases was lifted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after the brutal attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The men were convicted for their role in a 2003 attempt to assassinate former military leader Pervez Musharraf with suicide car bombs.