SHC rejects petition seeking transfer of convict Saulat

March 16, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday threw out a petition seeking transfer of a convict, Saulat Ali Khan, an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) from the Balochistan’s Machh Jail, where he is to be hanged till death on March 19, to Karachi.

The SHC division bench directed the Balochistan’s home secretary and IG police to ensure no hurdle is created in meeting of the convict with his family at the Machh Jail.

An anti-terrorism court had set March 19 for execution of Saulat Mirza. Saulat was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on May 24, 1999, for murdering then managing director of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), his driver, and guard on July 5, 1997 in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA).

The SHC bench had dismissed the appeal of the convict in 2000 whereas the apex court had also upheld the SHC ruling. The convict’s mercy appeal had also been rejected by the president.

The petitioner, Nighat, a sister of the death row convict, had moved the court seeking his transfer from Macch jail to Karachi Central Prison.

The petitioner through her counsel submitted since the family members of Saulat were living at Karachi, hence unable to go to Balochistan to see the convict at Mach Jail.

He said black warrants have been issued against the convict, Saulat Mirza, for March 19.

The court therefore dismissed the petition, directing the Balochistan home secretary and IG to ensure meeting of the condemned prisoner with his family members without any hindrance.

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