High-profile death-row prisoner Saulat Mirza executed

QUETTA: High-profile death-row prisoner, Saulat Mirza, was hanged to death in the wee hours of Tuesday at Balochistan’s Machh Jail for killing former KESC managing director Shahid Hamid, his driver and guard in 1997.

An hour before the hanging, Deputy Superintendent jail, judicial magistrate Hidayatullah and medical officer reached the jail. Mirza’s medical checkup was completed. Afterwards, he was shifted to gallows. As soon as the clock clicked 4:30am, the lever was pulled. He was left hanging till 15 minutes.

Mirza’s body was shifted from Machh Jail to the Edhi morgue in Quetta. The family members accompanied his body from Machh to Quetta. A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight was scheduled to bring his body to Karachi in the afternoon. On Monday, Mirza met his family.

Mirza was initially scheduled to be executed on March 19 but his execution was defered after he in a video blaming MQM chief Altaf Hussain for ordering him to kill Shahid Hamid.

A few days later, Mirza’s hanging was put off again as authorities wished to interrogate him for crucial details in relation to his confession.

A 10-member joint-investigation team later questioned Mirza over his confession. On May 2, the trial court issued Mirza’s black warrant, scheduling his hanging for May 12.

The wife of the condemned prisoner, Nighat Malik, had appealed to defer the execution of her husband for 2-3 months. But last week, the Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed a petition seeking to defer Saulat’s execution and reopening the murder case of MD KESC Shahid Hamid.

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