Pakistani prisoner Abdul Basit’s execution postponed

Paraplegic Pakistani prisoner charged with murder gets execution date postponed

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Pakistani prisoner, Abdul Basit who is facing the death penalty, has not been executed due to the fact that he is in a wheelchair.

Basit contracted tubercular meningitis while in prison and is paralyzed from the waist down.

In order for the execution to happen, the personer being executed has to stand on his feet. However in this case, this is not possible.

"The rules presume that the convict [can] walk up to the gallows, which is not possible in Abdul Basit's case," Wassam Waheed, a spokesman for Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) told the BBC.

Six years ago he was charged for killing his alleged mistress’ uncle, on July 22 Basit filed a mercy petition.

Although several organizations such as the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) object to the execution, the Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court have already given permission for it to proceed.

Pakistan brought back the death penalty in 2014 and rates high on executions.

"Why do they want his execution? He is already severely sick, what will they get from his hanging?" Basit's mother told AFP.

The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said that the execution is “an offence against all norms of civilised justice" and  "indict the Pakistani state and society as brutal entities".


TRTWorld and agencies