PAKISTAN: Black warrant for a young man is issued despite blood money being paid to the victim’s family


Hong Kong: October 27, 2008. A young man, Mr. Umer Khan, (23) will be executed by hanging on October 29, 2008 at Mian Wali Prison, Punjab province. A black warrant (the official document authorising the execution) has been issued and he will have a last meeting with his mother and other family members tomorrow, October 28.

According to Islamic Sharia law a murderer can be pardoned by a victim’s relatives if blood money is paid. This is known as Diyat and in this case the defendant has paid more than Rupees one million (US$ 16,500) to the mother, wife and children of the murdered man, Mr Mumtaz Ullah Khan. This payment was made before the District and Session court and also before the Anti Terrorist court of Sargodha district. The family then pardoned Umer Khan in writing before the court on May 9, 2007, and the judge has also made a note of this in his decision. However, the government has not withdrawn the case.

Now all the barriers have been removed to his execution and the young man is going to be hanged on the morning of October 29, just two days from today. The mercy petition filed before the President of Pakistan was turned down after one and a half years.

The government of Pakistan in the case of Mr. Zulfiqar Ali’s


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