Interior Ministry requests halting executions for Saulat, Shafqat

ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Friday sent a request pertaining to a stay on Saulat Mirza’s execution and pushed for another 90 days.

On Thursday, the government decided to re-open the murder case of former KESC Managing Director Shahid Hamid, a day after Mirza hurled serious allegations at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), hours before his hanging on Thursday.

Saulat Mirza’s execution was postponed shortly after his statement from a prison cell appeared on electronic media in which the convict accused Altaf Hussain of issuing orders for the killing of Shahid Hamid.

Sources told Geo News that Interior Secretary Ashtar Ausaf called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special advisor to discuss the Saulat Mirza case.

Sources in the Interior Ministry said the government would re-open the murder case on a formal request of the Sindh government.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry also sent a request today to halt underage convict Shafqat Hussain’s death penalty for 30 days.