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Court disposes off petition against Saulat Mirza's death warrant

KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Friday disposed off a petition against the death warrant of MQM activist Saulat Mirza and advised the petitioner to go to the Supreme Court over the matter, ARY News reported.

Petitioner Samira Wajahat pleaded that an appeal against her brother’s conviction was pending in the apex court and hence the implementation of his death sentence should be suspended until the court decides on the appeal.

The court advised the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court over the matter.

The court’s writ branch yesterday returned the petition with objection that the copy of death warrant of the MQM activist was attached with the plea.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) of Karachi had recently issued Mirza’s death warrant after the moratorium on the death penalty was lifted completely.

Saulat Mirza was transferred to Machh Central Jail in Balochistan from Karachi Central Jail last year due to security concerns.

The preparations for the execution of Mirza are underway in Machh Jail.

An ATC had awarded death sentence to Saulat Mirza in May 1999 for committing murder the managing director of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi and guard Khan Akbar in July 1997.

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