Saulat's execution halted owing to health concerns: Nisar

Published: March 19, 2015


Clarifying the reason for the stay in executions of death-row convicts, Saulat Mirza and Shafqat Hussain, who were scheduled to be hanged early Thursday morning, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said their executions have been halted for 72 hours owing to different reasons.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s convicted worker Saulat Mirza and ‘underage’ convict Shafqat Hussain were to be sent to the gallows this morning but just hours before their executions were halted.

“We have put on hold Saulat Mirza’s execution for 72 hours owing to health concerns,” Nisar apprised the National Assembly on Thursday.

In an unusual turn of events, as time for his execution drew closer, Mirza alleged in a video confession that he killed former KESC Director Shahid Hamid on the directives of party chief Altaf Hussain.

According to video released by a private television channel late on Wednesday, Mirza alleged that he received the order for the ‘hit’ from Altaf at MQM leader Babar Ghauri’s residence.

Read: Shocking revelations: MQM chief ordered KESC director’s assassination, claims Saulat

Mirza revealed that orders were given to him on telephone by the party chief himself. Usually, the party chief would either give orders himself or through the likes of Babar Ghauri, Mirza said.

Following the video, Mirza’s execution was halted but there was no reason given for the stay till now.

Addressing the stay on Shafqat Hussain’s execution, the interior minister said owing to the confusion over Hussain’s age his execution was halted.

Read: Shafqat Hussain’s execution halted for 30 days

However, Nisar maintained till now there is no evidence he was juvenile at the time of his sentence.

“We have moved pillar and post for his record,” he said.

“We contacted NADRA in Azad Jammu and Kashmir where he hails from but there is no evidence to prove he was juvenile at the time of conviction,” Nisar added.

Referring to his speech in the National Assembly two days ago, Nisar upheld he had stated they will halt his execution if evidence was brought forward proving his age. “But there is no evidence and we have stayed it for 72 hours.”

Imran Farooq murder case

Briefing the assembly on his meeting with British High Commissioner Philip Barton on Wednesday, Nisar said, “I briefed him about Imran Farooq murder case.”

“There is no political motive behind investigating Dr Imran Farooq murder case,” he added.

Read: Nisar hands British diplomat dossier against MQM chief

Nisar clarified the government is going to cooperate with the Britsh government so Farooq’s murderers are brought to justice.

Farooq, 50, was a former leader of MQM and had lived in London in self-imposed exile from 1999. He was on his way back from work when he was attacked outside his home in Edgware, north London, in September 2010. A post-mortem gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. A kitchen knife and a house brick used in the attack were recovered at the scene.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Maher
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:25PM

    So his health will get better in 72 hours??Recommend

  • Common Pakistani
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:28PM

    “We cannot execute a person since he is not feeling well”.
    One of the most ironic statement by him. Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2015 - 1:35PM

    Why is Saulat bringing this allegation now?
    He has been in custody for years and all of a
    sudden his memory kicks in? He remembers?
    He is lying and Nisar and Nawaz want to believe
    him desperately. Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:39PM

    Jail officials give him 100 cigarettes a day so what else do you expect!!Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:46PM

    I was waiting for a statement from Ch Nisar… Interior Minister either takes the whole country as a fool for suggesting that or he himself is one – who has to put his foot in the mouth everytime he opens it.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:49PM

    Yup………..we needed a laugh.Recommend

  • abreez
    Mar 19, 2015 - 1:58PM

    For further understanding one should read ‘last 323 days of Bhutto’, so that one can understand ‘law of Pakistan’.Recommend

  • Nk
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:29PM

    So you’re going to hold off on taking someone’s life because they’re not feeling well?? Can someone explain the logic of this to me. Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:15PM

    If Shafqat cannot prove his nonage then Mr. Chaudhry you either swiftly prove the opposite before you take his life, and in case of doubts …………rehabilitate him at once! Recommend

  • syed @ syed
    Mar 19, 2015 - 7:20PM

    We daily hear that so many men were hanged , however none of them was terrorist of 2014,2015. Is the law resting so much so that Pakistan stops hanging under international pressure.Recommend

  • jk
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:19PM

    So you have to be healthy to be killed? Vow this guy must thinks that we are a nation of idiots. This is the guy who was sucking his thumb when one single man with gun kept the whole city hostage. May be he was waiting for him to get healthy before police can shoot him?Recommend

  • Mister Bean
    Mar 19, 2015 - 8:31PM

    Reminds me of an old Anwer Maqsood gem: If liars had horns on their heads, you would’ve been an elk (Baara Singha).Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Mar 19, 2015 - 10:46PM

    @Lahore wala:

    It is quite possible that the reason why he never revealed his story in the past was that he believed someone would save him from death sentence. But as the date of hanging approached and he was convinced of hanging he was overwhelmed by his conscious and wanted to reveal truth before meeting his Creator. It is an unusual situation but once he has made some disclosures he should be further investigated by the appropriate agency. Hanging him right now should not be a priority. He may give further information and save lives who might be at risk. I do not know what health problem he has but there was no need to site this as the cause of deferment of hanging. Under these unusual circumstances it would have been made perfectly acceptable to delay hanging on the basis of what he revealed and what more could be extracted from him.Recommend

  • syed @ syed
    Mar 22, 2015 - 3:02AM

    It is not health problem. According to Baluchistan Government he was found unconscious while he was to be transported to Gallows and doing makr and waiting for his savior. The question is who made the video,where and when and who was the savior.. If it was made earlier why and who did not disclose it then. Mr Nisar to answerRecommend

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