KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notice to interior secretary, home secretary and superintendent Karachi to submit comments on a petition of death row convict against his execution orders.
The petitioner, Mohammad Saeed, a condemned prisoner approached the court through his counsel requesting it to grant a stay order against his execution and commute his capital punishment to life imprisonment. The court was also requested to give the petitioner the benefits of Section of 382 which allows the period of a person’s arrest to be counted in the sentence.
Counsel for the petitioner submitted that the ATC had issued the black warrants for execution of the petitioner and set January 17 for his hanging.
He said the mercy appeal of the convict was still pending before the President and there was very likelihood that his death sentence would be commuted to life imprisonment. The petitioner has already served many years in death cell and already faced much hardships and agony for more than the punishment and he is entitled for the less than capital punishment, he added.
Mohammad Saeed was awarded capital punishment in 2011 by the ATC for killing a retired DSP Sabir Hussain.
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