A district and periods decide in Lahore halted the execution of a convict on Saturday on a petition contending that the prisoner was “mentally disabled and [a] declared psychiatric case”.
Decide Abid Hussain Qureshi, who had taken up the petition filed by advocate Sarah Bilal of the Justice Venture Pakistan (JPP), noticed that the matter wants critical consideration and admitted the petition for listening to.
Saleem Ahmed was discovered responsible of murdering his sister Nasreen in 2001. The courtroom had subsequently awarded him the demise sentence in 2004 and issued black warrants for his hanging on November 7, 2017.
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Advocate Bilal in her petition maintained that Ahmed was mentally challenged and subsequently, couldn’t be executed beneath the Pakistan Jail Guidelines.
Suspending the implementation of the demise warrants, the courtroom issued a discover to the Lahore Central Jail superintendent and referred to as for a report, together with Ahmed’s newest medical report, on November eight.
In Might this yr, Justice Umar Ata Bandial had noticed that it might be unfair to punish the mentally ill. “Will probably be unfair to punish somebody for an act they have no idea they’ve carried out,” the Supreme Courtroom decide had stated.
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