MUZAFFARABAD–The family of Shafqat Hussain on Wednesday appealed to the government and judiciary to save the death row convict from his execution which is scheduled to take place on March 19.
In 2001, Shafqat had allegedly murdered a child named Umair, and was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in 2004. He was 14-years-old at the time. Mercy appeals for Shafqat were rejected by the high court in 2006, Supreme Court in 2007 and the presidency in 2012.
Shafqat’s mother Makhni Begum, along with her daughter Samira bibi, held a press conference today, during which she alleged that her son was innocent. She said three suspects had been arrested in the case, but only her son was convicted while the other two were let go.
Makhni Begum further said that no one was fighting her son’s case which is why he was set to be executed.
“For God sake don’t bereave me of my Shafqat … He is my last child … Please don’t snatch him from me,” pleaded Makhni Begum.
“Save my Shafqat from falling victim to injustice,” she continued in what was a last-ditch attempt to influence the authorities to halt his execution.
She reiterated that Shafqat was a minor at the time when he was sentenced to death, and that according to the law, a minor cannot be sentenced to a death penalty.
She added that if her son was executed, it would be a great injustice. She called on human rights organisations and other institutions to play a role in saving her son.