ISLAMABAD: A human rights committee in Pakistan’s upper house of parliament has urged the government to halt the execution of a man diagnosed with schizophrenia that’s due next week.
Lawmaker Farhatullah Babar says the committee will seek a pardon from President Mamnoon Hussain for 50-year-old Imdad Ali, a convict who was diagnosed in 2008.
Thursday’s development comes days after Pakistan’s highest court rejected Ali’s final appeal, claiming his disease does not qualify as a mental disorder.
Ali has been on death row since he was convicted in 2001 of murdering a religious scholar.
Babar says the committee was taking action because two Pakistani brothers were “wrongfully hanged” last year while their appeals were still pending.-AP