First in current PPP tenure: Man hanged in Mianwali jail

Published: November 15, 2012

Muhammad Hussain, former sepoy of Pakistan Army, was charged with killing his senior sergeant Khadim Hussain in 2008.

LAHORE: A convict on death row was hanged in Mianwali Jail on Thursday, for the first time in the tenure of the current Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government.

Muhammad Hussain, a soldier of the army and resident of Langarwala Pul of Sahiwal Tehsil Sargodha District, had killed his senior officer Havaldar Khadim Hussain in 2008 when they were on leave.

After the formal issuance of the death warrant, the convict was executed on Thursday at 6:30am in Mianwali Jail’s Phansi Ghat (place of hanging).

Serving officer of Pakistan Army Colonel Nisar, Jail Superintendent Qazi Muhammad Aslam, Deputy Superintendent Muhammad Mansha, Magistrate Ilyas Rehan, Jail Doctor Muhammad Umer and other concerned officials were also present during the execution, jail officials told The Express Tribune.

Jan Masih, who hanged the convicted man, had reached Mianwali Jail from Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore, the officials added.

All the concerned officials reached the jail at 5:30am to complete the legal formalities as well as to prepare for the execution before sunrise.

The dead body of the convict was handed over to his heirs.

There had been a de facto moratorium on executions since the PPP returned to power in 2008. Every three months the presidency issued a letter through respective home departments, staying all executions.

The home departments then issue instructions to provincial prisons department chiefs. It made Pakistan one of 36 countries in the world observing a moratorium on the death penalty.

Pakistan has one of the largest populations of condemned prisoners and inmates on death row in the world – 7,164 according to official prison records, and over 8,000 according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Background

Proceedings to court martial Hussain were initiated and he was tried in the military court in Okara Cantonment , which sentenced him to death on February 12, 2009, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) of Mianwali Jail, Muhammad Mansha told The Express Tribune.

Hussain had subsequently filed mercy petitions to the General Headquarters (GHQ) and the Chief of Army Staff, but they were rejected.

He also filed a mercy petition to President Asif Ali Zardari, but that was rejected too on December 30, 2011, DSP Mansha stated.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Bilal
    Nov 15, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Where are all so called human right organizations go now ??

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  • Kaddu
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Justice!

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  • Critique
    Nov 15, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Why do you want human rights organizations to raise their voice about this?

    The guy killed a man – I’d rather have one less criminal on the streets than care about the rights of such people.

    Justice has been served

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  • Afzaal Khan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Good riddance.

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  • ammar
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:30PM

    ppp discourages capital punishment because they themselves commit crimes whose punishment is “capital punishment”.they are saving their own skinRecommend

  • Usman786
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:33PM

    the reason why a sepoy killed his senior be provided. However, names of govt officials be kep secret for security purpose.

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  • Thor
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:34PM

    what about the killer of salman taseer?

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  • HUMAN
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:35PM

    When will Mumtaz Qadri be hanged ?
    When will that Justice be done ??????

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:43PM

    @Bilal:

    Where are all so called human right organizations go now ??

    Do you mean that Havaldar Khadim Hussain was not a human? Only the murderers are human?

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:47PM

    PPP discourages capital punishment but wants Mumtaz Qadri to be hanged!!!!

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  • emskay.
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:57PM

    The law of the land and acts of justice must not be selective one. All citizens must be treated as equal in society.

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  • Satan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 1:08PM

    Who got the Skin?

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  • Afaqi,
    Nov 15, 2012 - 1:09PM

    The FIRST must not become the LAST, for the sake of justice and fairplay in human society, especially in our brutalized society.

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 2:00PM

    @Satan:
    How sick of you.

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  • asim
    Nov 15, 2012 - 2:04PM

    The convicted and criminals are holding top executive positions. However the poor people gets immediate justice. A sepoy gets justice is hanged on the other hand a person becomes president with 10 years in Jail and another continues to be governor with murder charges …This is justice in pakistan

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  • Rampage
    Nov 15, 2012 - 3:00PM

    @Hairaan:
    He should be hanged no doubt abt it

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  • Karim Azizi
    Nov 15, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Ignorance can be a bliss but let me assure you the sole reason Zardari personally had put a hold on capital punishment is because the EU countries refuse to provide trade concessions to countries where capital punishment is legal. It’s an issue raised and debated in the UN General Assembly many a times. And before you call it some sort of a western conspiracy, do understand that these countries banned CP after new evidence surfaced proving many of those hung already innocent.

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  • Mubashir
    Nov 15, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Given the current Lawlessness in the whole of the country. It may be a good idea to rethink our strategy on Capital Punishment. What else is a deterrence against Aimless violence and Raging Criminality… Isn’t Saudi Arabia safer for the same reason? Islam does believe and preaches for ” an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”.

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  • Syed
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Why don’t you hang Lashkar E Jhangvi convicts who openly say they have killed innocent Shais!!!!!!!! Where is justice?????????????????

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 6:22PM

    @Syed:

    Why don’t you hang Lashkar E Jhangvi convicts who openly say they have killed innocent Shais!!!!!!!! Where is justice?????????????????

    Do they really say they killed INNOCENT SHAIS????????????????????????

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  • Nov 15, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Justice should prevail, though heaven may fall.
    There are two families affected due to every capital crime. The Family Life of the Criminal and the Victim, this point is of much importance for the both families. If there is a young criminal of about thirty years, having an average family of two children and a wife, he is imprisoned and is not executed and he survives for next thirty years, the each coming day his family will be getting more trouble and the stigma of being wife and children of the capital offender (killer) will deprive them away from the happy life of an average family, the each carnival will not be enjoyed by them due to the feeling that their beloved one is behind bars so how can they celebrate meanwhile the children specially will not be able to develop their skills and abilities as compared to others. Collateral to this the state will be spending a huge amount for the Safety, Security, Food, Clothes, Medical Facilities, Accommodation, Surveillance and other charges and the significant of all there will always remain a chance of jail break till the natural death of the criminal.
    I think, being an advocate I observe better than others that what kind of behavior the families of the criminals/accused have face when they come meet their “beloved” once. Therefore I personally feel it is better to cry a day than to cry whole life.

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  • janaan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:07PM

    extend the executions to all condemned prisoners with blood on their hands. this is a good start to get rid of talibans captured so far.

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  • sensible
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:20PM

    hang sarbajeet singh “the indian terrorist” and other convicted taliban terrorists, this will greatly discourged terrorism within the country.

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  • Syed
    Nov 15, 2012 - 9:31PM

    @Hairaan, Yes they have. These people have said it on TV yet our previous PM Jamali released them. I have a feeling that even when you see them kill with your own eyes, you will still defend these lunatics

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  • Nov 16, 2012 - 12:33PM

    What justice says?
    execution.life for life,has been a settled issue,
    since centuries.

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  • M.AKRAM
    Nov 17, 2012 - 12:59PM

    Without reward and punishment there will no law and no life.For the life of society and to save lives of noble and weak people, criminals must be penalized, there is no reaction on death of so many extra judicial murders by drones and jets but objection on judicial punishment.

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  • Nov 19, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Before involving in any crime.
    think thousand times.Recommend

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