"There is no pardon for the murderers of innocent people," Sharif said, according to the news portal, which reports that the High Court in Lahore had earlier ordered the suspension of five men convicted of terrorism offenses until a response from Pakistan's federal government on January 12.
The men had been due to be executed on Monday in a jail in Lahore, after being condemned to death by a military court. Ary News says a court petition filed by relatives of the convicted stated that the five men did not have the right to appeal the verdict.
India's Business Standard newspaper reported on Monday that legal teams for the Pakistani government were to file petitions against stays of execution, in order to complete the trial process faster. The newspaper said that the directive on Monday from the government was also prompted by a Sindh High Court decision to grant a stay of execution to two men convicted of terrorism after the families of the accused file appeals.