Saulat Mirza executed at Machh Jail

MACHH: Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker Saulat Mirza has been hanged till death at Machh Jail in Bolan distsrict of Balochistan at 4:30am in Tuesday’s wee hours.
An hour before the hanging, Deputy Superintendent jail, judicial magistrate Hidayatullah and medical officer reached the jail. Mirza’s medical checkup was completed. Afterwards, he was shifted to gallows. As soon as the clock clicked 4:30am, the lever was pulled. He was left hanging till 15 minutes.
Doctor Sajjad Haider examined the body and confirmed his death. Mirza’s three nephews received the body. His body has been moved to CMH Quetta. From Quetta, the body will be airlifted to Karachi at 2 pm today.
Coffin, shroud and coffin were earlier transported to the jail, according to Edhi spokesman in Quetta. The spokesman said the body will be delivered wherever Mirza’s family members want.
Judge Rashid Mahmood was appointed a magistrate to oversee his hanging. According to his brother, Farhat Ali, Mirza’s body will be brought to his residence in Maymar where he will be given last bath. Later on, the funeral prayer for his eternal death will be offered after Maghrib prayer. He will be laid to rest in Muhammed Shah Cemetery, Karachi, Anda Morr, according to his brother.
According to jail authorities, four brothers and two sisters of Saulat Mirza met him yesterday for the last time in the prison.
It should be mentioned here that Mirza was arrested on December 10, 1998, from the Karachi Airport on his return from Bangkok.
A local anti-terrorism court awarded him death penalty in May 1999 for a triple homicide, as he was found guilty for killing Managing Director of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation –now K-Electric– Shahid Hamid, his driver Ashraf Brohi, and security guard Khan Akbar in a July 5, 1997 shooting.
Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday rejected an application of Mirza’s wife seeking deferment of her husband’s execution. The court upheld Supreme Court’s past decision on Mirza’s hanging.
Later, Saulat Mirza’s wife Nighat Mirza appealed yesterday to President Memmnoon Hussain to suspend the execution of her husband in order to launch an inquiry into his disclosures about criminals.
Mirza’s wife Nighat demanded the government to release the report of joint investigation team that interrogated Mirza in jail.
“Government should re-open Shahid Hamid murder case for the sake of peace in Karachi,” she said.