The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the execution of three men convicted by military courts for their involvement in the Army Public School attack.
The three men — Mohammad Zubair, Ali Rehman and Taj Mohammad — were convicted of facilitating and abetting the deadly attack in Dec 2014 that killed over 140, mostly children.
A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad and Justice Qazi Faez Isa ordered a stay on the implementation of the military court decision.
The families of the convicts had challenged the military court verdict through petitions filed in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), however, after PHC dismissed the appeals, they moved the Supreme Court through Advocate Latif Afridi.
During the hearing, Afridi claimed that the high court did not even open the record and dismissed the appeals without hearing them.
The court issued notices to the attorney general and jail branch, and directed the former to explain the dismissal of the appeals.
The hearing was subsequently adjourned to Feb 16.
On Dec 2 last year, four terrorists involved in the APS massacre were hanged at a civil jail in Kohat. The hangings were the first executions of civilians convicted by Pakistan’s military courts.