The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday suspended the death sentence handed over by a military court to the man, Shakirullah, who according to his family had gone missing from Dir in 2010.
A petition opposing the penalty had been filed before the court by the convict’s wife after which a hearing to decide the matter was scheduled by the court.
The session was presided by Justice Qalandar Ali Khan and Justice Ayub Khan.
Earlier in June, Shakirullah’s family learnt of the death sentence after receiving a notice from the Kohat Interim Centre saying that he was due.
According to the application, the accused was not given an opportunity to be heard in a proper trial, as the law mandates and it is the right owed to every citizen charged with a crime.
The court ordered the suspension of the death sentence and sought a response from the Ministry of Defence at the next hearing of the case.