Mirza’s execution postponed for one month
QUETTA: A presidential order has been received by Machh Jail Superintendent Muhammad Ishaq Zehri postponing Saulat Mirza’s execution for one month.
Zehri told local media after receiving orders from presidency, "The execution (of Saulat Mirza) has been postponed for a month."
Earlier, preparations had been finalised for executing Mirza, a former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker convicted in a triple murder case, as per the new black warrants on April 1 at 5.30 am.
"Saulat will be hanged on April 1 as per the fresh black warrants," the officer had said.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi had issued fresh black warrants following the postponement of the death row convict's execution. Mirza was originally scheduled to be hanged on March 19.
President Mamnoon Hussain had extended Mirza's execution after a video surfaced barely hours before his hanging in which Mirza had hurled accusations at the top MQM leadership.
Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had sent a summary to President Mamnoon recommending a one-month extension for Mirza's execution.
However, the jail administration denied receiving a fresh extension order from the Presidency.
Security in and around Machh Jail has been tightened as the high-profile prisoner is set to be hanged, he said.
Besides police, Balochistan Constabulary, Rapid Response Force, personnel of Frontier Corps have also been patrolling around the jail to avert any terror attack, the officer added.
Mirza was found guilty of murdering then managing director (MD) of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), now K-electric, Malik Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi, and his guard Khan Akbar outside Hamid's residence in Karachi's DHA on July 5, 1997.
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