SC dismisses Saulat Mirza's appeal challenging his execution

Published: March 17, 2015
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREEN GRAB

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREEN GRAB

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza’s plea challenging his death sentence.

Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk heard Mirza’s appeal. The MQM activist’s lawyer, Latif Khosa, appeared before the court and requested the chief justice to revisit its earlier judgment and asked for additional evidences may be recorded.

The petition states that the incident took place on July 5, 1997, while the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 was promulgated on August 20. The petitioner has been convicted under statute 7(i)(a) of the ATA, 1997, read with 302 Pakistan Penal Code at the same time.

The petition said the death sentence awarded to Mirza should be converted into life imprisonment as a criminal cannot be awarded two types of sentences for the same crime.

Mirza is scheduled to be executed on March 19 in Mach, Balochistan for murdering Shahid Hamid, the managing director of the then Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Khan Akbar in July 1997.

Security has been beefed up in and around the Central Prison Mach to thwart any untoward incident during the execution.

Mirza’s family members have also left for the city to meet him for the last time. The Sindh High Court ordered IG Balochistan and Home Secretary Akbar Durrani to let Mirza’s family meet him prior to his hanging. Mirza’s sister Nighat had complained to the court that she was denied access to her brother.

According to the superintendent prison, Mirza was brought to Mach Prison during the month of February 2014.

Home Secretary Akbar Durrani said Mirza is the only person on death row who would be executed in Balochistan.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • pakistani
    Mar 17, 2015 - 1:01PM

    why create so much hype around this man, so he can be set free? i am sure, MQM will still find some loop hole in the system to get this man free.Recommend

  • shahid
    Mar 17, 2015 - 11:59PM

    Very long overdue. I wish they run on tv what all he did and on whose behest. Surely, members of such terror gang still sitting in parliament shows our impotence.Recommend

  • Raza
    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:36PM

    We are not going to achieve peace in this country by turning into animals and crying for blood because we can not possibly comprehend the complex thread of social issues which cause the fissures in our society. In this country more so than anywhere else compassion should be made into a national policy if not for its virtue but for its pragmatic utility in easing the conflicts which arise from the diverse ethnic makeup of Pakistan demographics. Tolerance and compassion is the way forward folks. We are together in this. Me you and all of US.Recommend

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