Saulat Mirza hanged in Machh jail

Published: May 12, 2015
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Saulat Mirza. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Saulat Mirza. PHOTO: EXPRESS

MACHH / KARACHI: Authorities in Mach Jail hanged convicted target killer Saulat Mirza early Tuesday morning. 

The body later arrived in Karachi through PK 363.

Emotional scenes were witnessed at the cargo terminal of the Jinnah International Airport where Saulat’s body arrived.

PHOTO: RABIA ALI/EXPRESS

His weeping sisters showered rose petals on the body.

“No one was able to save him” one of them said.

The body was taken to Edhi Morgue for final rites and then later to his home. According to reports, funeral prayers will be held at Maghrib and he will be buried next to his mother at Mohammad Shah graveyard.

Express News screengrab.

Saulat’s wife is with the body in the ambulance outside their home in Gulshan-e-Mehmar.

While talking to The Express Tribune, Saulat’s wife asked why the government had given them false hope when they had no intention of saving him.

“Why did they stop the execution earlier if they weren’t going to save him,” she said.

“Why did they give us hope? It seems that deals have won and workers have lost,” she added.

Saulat’s friend’s mother holds a picture of them together. PHOTO: RABIA ALI/EXPRESS

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Saulat’s sister said that one of her brother’s last wishes was that his body not be photographed or filmed by the media.

Despite his family’s requests to keep the media away, some news channels managed to get footage of the convict’s body.

The hanging came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the final decision on the execution.

Read: PM to take final decision on Saulat Mirza’s execution: officials

Mirza, who was convicted of killing Karachi Electric Supply Company’s managing director Shahid Hamid, his guard and driver, in Karachi, had his execution deferred twice before.

Prior to the execution, he was inspected by a doctor and given a clean bill of health. He was then led to the gallows and was hanged under the supervision of a magistrate.

An ambulance was present at the jail to transfer his body to Karachi for burial.

Read: ‘Dodging death’: SHC issues notices to AG, ATC in Saulat Mirza case

Meanwhile, Mirza was buried at the Shah Mohammad Shah graveyard in North Karachi.

Earlier, his relatives, including his brothers and sisters, met with the death row prisoner.

The execution was stayed on March 19 after he made startling revelations about Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain’s alleged involvement in the murder of KESC’s managing director.

On March 30, Mirza’s execution was stayed for a further 30 days.

The Sindh High Court on May 8 rejected a plea seeking delay in death row prisoner Mirza’s execution.

Read: Confession from death row: Saulat Mirza says he killed KESC chief on Altaf’s order

“There is no cogent reason for re-investing the 18-year-old murder of then managing director of the Karachi Electric Supply Company, Shahid Hamid, for which notorious target killer Saulat Mirza is scheduled to be hanged on May 12.”

Read: Saulat’s love: The woman behind Karachi’s most notorious target killer

His death warrants had been re-issued by an anti-terror court on May 2.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • salman
    May 12, 2015 - 4:46AM

    good. finally. Many other MQM militants should be hanged without any delayRecommend

  • Malik Tariq
    May 12, 2015 - 4:47AM

    Saulat Mirza deserved to die and so do those who ordered him to committ multiple mudders in cold blood.Recommend

  • Umar
    May 12, 2015 - 4:59AM

    May Allah SWT have mercy on him. Finally the family of his victims get justice in this world. Now it’s between the deceased and Allah SWT.Recommend

  • Basit
    May 12, 2015 - 5:10AM

    Now its time for masterminds to be hanged asap they are the root causeRecommend

  • SK
    May 12, 2015 - 5:11AM

    Mirza hanging solves nothing , he would have no personal animosity with the victims. The was a huge class differences between them both so any business of family conflict is ruled out. This was a plain case of killing by order. People who were named in the complicity should have been investigated. Baba Ghuri does enjoy a Clean reputation in terms of corruption and Mr Altaf role in Karachi law and order matters have always been conspicuous.
    The bureaucrats and the establishment had no guts to investigate the real perpetuates would have the power of turning the mega city upside down. This is most unfortunate. At least Saluat Mirza met his deserving end.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    May 12, 2015 - 5:22AM

    Inna lillahe wa inna allehe rajaune . May Gad forgive him and may his soul rest in peace. I hope those who indoctrinated him to commit murders will also be brought to justice.Recommend

  • XYZ
    May 12, 2015 - 5:51AM

    Saulat Mirza is rightly hanged. But when will those be hanged who run the mafia that produces many Saulat Mirzas? When will our judiciary, our system will have the character of going after the bigger fish who call the the shots?

    Justice is done but remained selective!Recommend

  • umii
    May 12, 2015 - 6:20AM

    The people of Pakistan salute you for speaking the truth. You was used by altaf hussain. These generals gave altaf hussain save heaven like musharraf. He actually gave mqm positions in his time. Nobody goner learn any leasson. Tre courts Will never try to caught the real culprits. Then we cry for Bangladeshs separation. Recommend

  • Ayesha
    May 12, 2015 - 6:21AM

    I visited in March on our way to Nagarparkar. It was our study trip and we visited historical places of Thar.Recommend

  • Noman
    May 12, 2015 - 6:37AM

    Finally, Good news for MQM.Recommend

  • Aisha
    May 12, 2015 - 6:38AM

    Coincidental hanged on May 12! Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 12, 2015 - 6:50AM

    Lesson to all criminals. They will use you like a tissue paper and then throw you in a garbage bin.Recommend

  • sami
    May 12, 2015 - 6:57AM

    This is what needs to happen to all of those who commit crime against humanity. Excellent work done by Pakistan. Execute people like these and there wont me any more corruption. pakistan zindabad.Recommend

  • Common Pakistani
    May 12, 2015 - 7:50AM

    Case Closed. Justice Served. Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 12, 2015 - 8:13AM

    You reap what u sow. Sad. But justice has been delivered and a warning to all people not to be used bt MQM.Recommend

  • Umer
    May 12, 2015 - 8:36AM

    You Reap What You SowRecommend

  • Econ
    May 12, 2015 - 8:58AM

    FinallyRecommend

  • Zafar
    May 12, 2015 - 8:58AM

    How many more youngsters are going to be used by these corrupt, inept and monstrous politicians like tissue paper and discarded? … His life should be a lesson for the ones who are on his path right now, taking a life is easy but paying the price for it is not!!! May God Bless his soul!Recommend

  • raider
    May 12, 2015 - 9:04AM

    case carry two folds, a lesson for personnel working for MQM and lesson for personnel working in hand in gloves with establishment Recommend

  • khan
    May 12, 2015 - 9:18AM

    Big Fish who ordered this murder still remains free.Recommend

  • Aamir-Toronto
    May 12, 2015 - 9:47AM

    I’ve no sympathy for Mr. Mirza but I hope and pray to ALLAH (SWT) that his handlers face the same music !!!! Recommend

  • Sardar
    May 12, 2015 - 10:49AM

    Before his video recorded message he was the one who had bad name and he had all the burden, but the people behind recording his message disappointed him and put the entire family under a bad image and danger. Who is responsible for that video still a mystery. Those people behind should be brought out in public.Recommend

  • Hussein
    May 12, 2015 - 10:55AM

    strong textWRONG DECISION. Capital punishment is wrong and must be abolished. Saulat Mirza may be a murderer but catch the big fish first before hanging foot “soldiers”. May his soul rest in peace. Recommend

  • zahid
    May 12, 2015 - 10:58AM

    The good news is that Mirza record their statement before hanged, the ‘Big Fish” of MQM should also be prosecuted Recommend

  • IT
    May 12, 2015 - 11:03AM

    Its the end for a new start. I wish its a positive start not favoring MQMRecommend

  • Shah
    May 12, 2015 - 11:19AM

    Family of SM created a big hype on the base of some hidden hands, but now the family has to realize whether they are better off now or before the video recorded message. Very hard to understand pakistan politics. Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    May 12, 2015 - 11:36AM

    With his hanging, the mystery of the death cell video also dies unless an intrepid journalist tried and find out the full story behind the same. Unfortunately, such investigative journalism is rare in Pakistan.Recommend

  • ABC
    May 12, 2015 - 11:39AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Yes, you should learn lessons from Saulat Mirza and Gullu butt. Main saab will dump you after the need of your paid comments is overRecommend

  • Raja
    May 12, 2015 - 11:51AM

    First of all May Allah forgive him and rest his soul in peace because he is no longer with us. Secondly, He was a criminal and a killer so he has got finally what he deserved. Apart from that there are many other Saulat Mirza (SM) part of militant wing of different parties like PPP and PML on the top.

    More than 7 people of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) died in Lahore http://www.dawn.com/news/1113304

    Similarly, Ozair baloch who was running a militant group in Lyari (Karachi) under shelter of PPP has not brought to Pakistan for further prosecution. I don’t know why, when the link below clearly says the he has been arrested by Interpol.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/814399/interpol-arrests-uzair-baloch-in-dubai/

    The treatment must continue for the better future of Pakistan but without any discrimination whether MQM, PML, PPP, ANP, Bureaucrat, Armed Force Personal(Esp. Gen. Kyani) or any Public or Private sector personnals.Recommend

  • Aiman
    May 12, 2015 - 12:33PM

    If killers are hanged regardless of their political affiliation or powerful links they have; Pakistan will be a better place.Recommend

  • Kokab
    May 12, 2015 - 1:16PM

    The killer devil finally got his due.Recommend

  • malik59
    May 12, 2015 - 1:22PM

    ..Symbolic date ….. 12 th May …. How appropriate .. Recommend

  • PK
    May 12, 2015 - 3:56PM

    Justice hasn’t been done yet until we will catch the big fish!!!Recommend

  • Viking Star
    May 12, 2015 - 4:09PM

    @SK: You are dead right. Mirza had no personal enmity with Shahid Hamid, they both may not have even known each other. Family of KESC MD did not get any justice as yet – and they may possibly never get. Unless the real culprits behind this murder are nabbed and hanged, real justice will never be served. Babar Ghori ran away as soon as Mirza made revelations, and I am sure he will soon be returning to Pakistan as the witness and evidence is buried against this ethnic party – with the burial of Saulat Mirza.
    Shame on our government.Recommend

  • Nida
    May 12, 2015 - 4:18PM

    @Basit:
    There is no rope strong enough that can hold that load of sins if he is ever hanged in our life times. Recommend

  • Waqar Hassan Butt
    May 12, 2015 - 4:21PM

    This is no justice only hanging the hit man, the people behind these murders should be brought to BookRecommend

  • Ibrar
    May 12, 2015 - 6:15PM

    @Viking Star:
    @Waqar Hassan Butt

    I too wish this case was reopened during SM’s life and even commuting capital sentence to life imprisonment would have served better purpose. That way his handlers would have tough job to defend themselves given that this murder case has attracted an immense public interest.

    I too wondered why the Ghauri chap suddenly fled overseas when his name was being revealed. And yes he could now return and wait for his party to share power again for him to become minister one more time and continue his plundering.Recommend

  • PAKhtoon
    May 12, 2015 - 6:50PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: awkward moment when i Have to agree with Ch. Allah DaadRecommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    May 12, 2015 - 7:31PM

    it apears that there exist enough public support to eliminate all the antisocial eliments in Pakistan through capital punishment therefore govt. Should take advantage of it to clear such eliments in one stroke . Terrorist free secular Pakistan should be the aim of army and the government togather .Recommend

  • Midas
    May 13, 2015 - 12:48AM

    Is it really fair that a man be punished twice for his mistake/sin/errors? He was sentenced 17 years ago and hanged now, he spent 17 years in jail which is near a life sentence. If one is given a death penalty there should be an expedited process to get it over with, or let the person out on strict bail conditions. I am so naïve, right?Recommend

  • Kash
    May 13, 2015 - 2:55AM

    RIP Recommend

  • Kamran Majeed
    May 13, 2015 - 3:36AM

    Again! Salute to our speedy justice system, 17 years to convict someone. Change is not easy, and the ruler we submit to aren’t what they appear to be. Politics is just a game of power and money, good people won’t come and the greedy & corrupt will keep sucking blood.

    We have only one disease that’s corruption. I wish we find a sustainable cure for it across board.

    Bad governance creates a gap, which gradually turns to disbelief, hopelessness and ends up with people like him

    Change is required within first, by each and everyone of us if we want to see Pakistan as we imagine…Recommend

  • Naseem
    May 13, 2015 - 9:46AM

    You hve gotten your pound of flesh.So shut up. Better still, tell us how your father a Punjab Domiciled person could become Chief of KESC( karachi electric supply) . KESC was NOT a federal organisation so legally he could not be working there.
    Another bit, you have been away on an extended holiday for years now….join your job in Pakistan or resign.
    This man has died , after being in jail for 18 years!
    He has a 10 month old child.

    Happy?!Recommend

  • RogEdd
    Sep 5, 2015 - 1:17AM

    According to me he would have given a chance so that he could actually help Govt. to find out more severe information about MQM, other than that I’m pretty much sure that in this case Saulat would have given his best than ever he gave in MQM. Recommend

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