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Pak chief justice stays execution of mentally ill policeman

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's Saqib has suspended the execution of a mentally ill former policeman, who was scheduled to be hanged on Monday, said.

suspended the execution of late Saturday night following appeals from the prisoner's mother and human rights advocates calling for the suspension of his capital punishment.

The suspension came a day after a scheduled Hayat's execution on January 15 at the Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, the Express Tribune reported.

Hayat was sentenced to death in 2003 over the shooting of a He has spent nearly 15 years on death row. Hayat was first diagnosed as a schizophrenic in 2008 by jail medical authorities, Dawn reported.

Justice has also fixed the case for hearing on January 14, following calls from the rights organisations to review Hayat's case in the court.

"Taking notice of the issue, the suspended the sentence of the prisoner till further orders and fixed the matter for hearing on Jan 14," the paper said, quoting a statement from the

In 2010, the recommended that Hayat needed specialised treatment and should be shifted to the psychiatric facility. However, this was never done, the report said.

In a letter, Hayat's mother requested the chief justice to visit the Kot Lakhpat jail ward for mentally ill prisoners and investigate what medicines were being given to her son.

She urged that Hayat's medical records be investigated to determine why his treatment was not being done properly and why his condition was worsening day by day.

Meanwhile, a two-member bench comprising Justice and Justice will hear an appeal for the suspension of death sentence of Hayat, the report said.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 14:40 IST