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24-hour Pak play depicts life of death row prisoners

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

A groundbreaking 24-hour play showcasing the life of death row prisoners is being staged by Pakistani groups on Wednesday.

The play - titled 'No Time to Sleep' - is a collaboration between group Justice Project (JPP), the Dawn group and others, and it depicts a prisoner's final hours before his imminent execution, said in a statement.

Pakistani is playing the central role of 'Prisoner Z' in the play.

The live streaming of the performance began at midnight last night and will end at 11:59 pm on Wednesday to coincide with World Day against the Death Penalty, in solidarity with death row prisoners across the globe.

Set inside a replica of an actual death row cell, Prisoner Z's journey is being streamed online for the entire duration of World Day Against the Death Penalty.

The play was partially screened at the parliament in It was also streamed live at the Houses of Parliament in

'No Time to Sleep' is based on the life and case history of who spent 17 years on death row. In that period, his execution was scheduled and stayed more than 20 times.

said the 24-hour play is the first event of its kind in Pakistan, if not the world.

"Tuning in to watch Sarmad was an act of solidarity with prisoners who, like Prisoner Z, have spent years awaiting death. We hope that this performance will have a sobering effect on those who believe the death penalty to be an instrument of justice, when really it is a death trap for those who are too poor to escape it," he said.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 20:25 IST