Islamabad, May 31 (AP) A Pakistani rights group has appealed on Indonesia to free on humanitarian grounds a terminally-ill Pakistani convict on death row. Also Read - China Pakistan Economic Corridor: When China Invested in Pakistan, They Did The Math
The Justice Project Pakistan, which opposes capital punishment, said in a statement today that 54-year-old Zulfiqar Ali could soon die after his health deteriorated while in a Jakarta prison hospital. Also Read - Protesters Raise Placards of PM Modi, Other World Leaders at Pro-freedom Rally in Pakistan's Sindh
There was no immediate response from Indonesia. Also Read - China Pakistan Economic Corridor: Where CPEC Stands Now?
Ali was arrested in November 2004 and later convicted on drug smuggling charges, which carry the death sentence in Indonesia. The rights group claims his trial was unfair and that he was wrongfully convicted.
Sarah Belal, executive director at Justice Project Pakistan, said they cannot save Ali’s life, but are trying to help him “die a free man”. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain has asked Indonesia President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to pardon Ali. (AP) HMB HMB
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.