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SC stays execution of mentally ill man

Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday has issued a suspension to a mentally-ill person who was set to face the gallows.

The verdict came after man’s lawyers challenged the previous decision using the last legal plan available to them.

Imdad Ali, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in prison in 2012, cannot be executed as now he can’t understand his guilty and punishment, said the lawyers.

Earlier, he was set to face gallows on 2nd November following a finding by the SC that the diagnosed disease is recoverable that could be treated by drugs, and not a mental disorder.

Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) which is counsel for Imdad Ali stated that fresh legal challenge would be heard in the second week of November.

On the other hand, the Punjab government, where Ali was convicted, is also seeking to overturn the conviction, the group added.

It is pertinent to mention here that he was sentenced to death in 2001 over a shooting. Imdad Ali has spent 14 years on death row, with three years in solitary confinement in the jail’s hospital because of his schizophrenia.