Pakistani death-row prisoner Zulfikar Ali passes away in Indonesia

Published: May 31, 2018
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Zulfiqar Ali was taken into custody in Indonesia on drug-related charges back in 2004. PHOTO: JPP

Zulfiqar Ali was taken into custody in Indonesia on drug-related charges back in 2004. PHOTO: JPP

Zulfikar Ali, a Pakistani prisoner on death-row in Indonesia, passed away on Thursday, rights organisation Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) said.

“It is with the heaviest heart that we announce the passing away of Zulfiqar Ali,” the organisation said in a tweet. “A Pakistani citizen who has been declared innocent for 8 years, and been innocent since the moment he was arrested. He is mourned by his family and lawyers who fought for his life until the very end.”

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Earlier in the day, the 54-year-old was moved to an intensive care unit (ICU) after his health deteriorated. Diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer in December 2017, Ali was also a diabetic patient. “He leaves behind 5 children and his wife, Siti. His mother, based in Lahore, was unable to fly to Jakarta to meet her son for the final time,” reads JPP statement.

His case came to the limelight in 2016 when Indonesia told the Pakistani embassy in Jakarta that he would be executed for being convicted on charges of possessing 300-grammes of heroin.

His execution was stayed after rights groups and the United Nations implored the Indonesian government, after which Islamabad also intervened.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Malik
    May 31, 2018 - 4:44PM

    May Allah bless his soul in peace Ameen. But if any USA or Indonesian was in same case he would be set free far before. Sad not for his death but sad for an innocent death and I protest that as the day of judgement question definitely going to be asked from all of us. My sympathies are with his family and kids. Duas for himRecommend

  • Nagins
    May 31, 2018 - 5:15PM

    ILWR it us a sad news.I think such cases should be handed over to the country who owns that citizen.in case of ailment the person should be either set free or sent back to home land on humanitarian bases.Recommend

  • Naam
    May 31, 2018 - 8:40PM

    Finally, he is free forever. Inna lillahi…Recommend

  • Naam
    Jun 1, 2018 - 2:14AM

    Finally, he is free, forever. Inna lillahi…Recommend

  • taimoor
    Jun 3, 2018 - 8:52AM

    It is quite devastating to hear the loss of Zulfikar.But whats more heart piercing is that our country was unable to bring him home even for a visit to his family.The faults in our country are unlimited.Corruption has been spread through out the country like a virus.May ALLAH give zulfikar highest place in Jannah and may Allah give hadaya to our leaders.Recommend

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