ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent a summary to the Presidency ordering a 30-day suspension of the execution of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activist Saulat Mirza who was destined to be executed on April 1, according to a statement issued from Prime Minister House.
Earlier, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi on March 24 had resettled the date for execution of Mirza – April 1.
Meanwhile, Mirza was sentenced to death by an ATC in May 1999 over killing the managing director of the then Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) chief Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Khan Akbar in July 1997.
Mirza has shifted beside four high-profile prisoners to the Mach jail, Balochistan, in April 2014.
Previously Mirza’s execution was suspended for 72 hours on a presidential order a few hours before he was to be hanged. Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar had said the target killer’s execution was stayed declaring he was not well enough to be hanged.
The administration of Machh jail had sent a note to the ATC, demanding new death warrants of Saulat Mirza.
“Death warrant issued earlier has expired after postponement of Mirza’s execution,” said superintendent Mach jail Muhammad Ishaq Zehri.