Saulat Mirza to be Hanged on May 12
KARACHI: Saulat Mirza, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) convicted worker, has been re-issued with a death warrant by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi set for hanging on May 12, media reported.
ATC-V ruled that Mirza is scheduled to hanged in Mach Jail at 5:30am.
Saturday’s ruling would be the third time that death warrants have been issued for Mirza. On March 19, the interior ministry granted a stay on Mirza’s execution. “We have put on hold Saulat Mirza’s execution for 72 hours owing to health concerns,” Nisar had apprised the National Assembly.
Hours before his execution, Mirza made startling revelations and alleged in a supposed video confession that he killed former KESC Director Shahid Hamid on the directives of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain.
For a second time, upon request of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to President Mamnoon Hussain, Mirza’s hanging was delayed for 30 days to pave way for further investigations.
A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was also formed to probe into Mirza’s video confession. Besides repeating almost the same statement that Mirza revealed in his video link message, he gave some additional information and named three others imprisoned in different jails to be investigated.
Two days ago, the death row convict had also requested the Sindh High Court chief justice to defer his execution till the completion of fresh trial of Shahid Hamid’s murder, his second such plea in the last few days.
Sources told media that no decision had so far been taken on the fresh plea by the competent authority.
Saulat Mirza, a target killer, was sentenced to death in 1999 on charges of murdering former managing director of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Shahid Hamid along with his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Akbar Khan in July 1997 in Defence Housing Authority area of Karachi.
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