QUETTA: Death-row prisoner Saulat Mirza held a final meeting with his wife and other family members through a video link on Monday afternoon at Balochistan’s Machh Jail.
Machh Jail Superintendent Muhammad Ishaq Zehri told mediathat Mirza’s wife, sister, brother and other relatives were among those allowed to have a last meeting with the condemned prisoner, who is scheduled to be hanged on May 12 (tomorrow) at 4:30am, according to the death warrant issued by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.
Security was also provided to Mirza’s family members who had travelled to Machh in Balochistan’s sensitive Bolan district. Strict security measures have been undertaken in and around the jail premises to avert any untoward incident before the high-profile prisoner is executed.
Levies, Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps personnel have been patrolling around the premises since the issuance of Mirza’s latest death warrant.
According to jail sources, Mirza requested Machh’s judicial magistrate to postpone his execution by a week.
Mirza was initially scheduled to be hanged on March 19. But a video footage of Mirza hurling serious allegations at Altaf Hussain and other MQM leaders made rounds on television channels a few hours before his execution; since then his hanging has been postponed on several occasions.
A Joint Interrogation Team was later formulated to investigate Mirza’s allegations against MQM leaders.
Saulat Ali Khan, better known as Saulat Mirza and a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), was sentenced to death by an ATC in 1999 for killing then managing director of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Shahid Hamid, his driver, and a guard in 1997 in Karachi’s Defence area.
The MQM had however said that Mirza had been fired from the party much before the murder took place. Mirza, however, denies the party’s claim.
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