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Medical Board to gauge mental condition of paranoid death-row convict.

M. M. ALAM

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, heading a three-judge bench here today (Monday) has accepted the request apropos forming a medical board to facilitate determining the  accurate mental status of death-row convict Imdad Ali.

During October 27th hearing his execution was stayed as the review plea was accepted.  

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M. M. ALAM

ISLAMABAD: Despite issuance of Black Warrants twice, Supreme Court  (SC) here (on October 27th) has halted the execution of 50-year-old Imdad Ali, said to be suffering from Schizophrenia. He was convicted for killing a cleric fourteen years ago.

Following the review petition submitted by the convict’s wife SC has asked for the comments of Punjab’s Advocate General, Attorney General and Prosecutor General in this case.

The Apex court has rejected an earlier plea claiming that the convict was unfit to be executed as he, being a Paranoid Schizophrenic, was unable to understand the crime he had committed.

The case is scheduled to be heard in the second week of November.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.