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MQM lawmakers call it a `mockery`

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislators have rejected the video statement made by death row prisoner Saulat Mirza hours before his scheduled execution, which was later postponed for 72 hours, as a `mockery of things` and `appealed` to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to look into such `attempts` which have no legal value.

Addressing a press conference with other parliamentarians at the party`s headquarters Nine Zero on Thursday, MQM Senator Barrister Farogh Nasim said that the statement would not be accepted by any court.

`For God`s sake, don`t make a mockery of things, he said. `After 20 years to the incident when all legal procedures have been completed in the murder case of KESC chief Shahid Hamid, came a statement from the death cell of the convict who was due to be hanged after five hours. He said things which he had never stated before any court though he had Sled an appeal against his conviction in the high court, then moved the Supreme Court, then filed two review petitions and then again moved the high court before finally filing yet another review appeal in the Supreme Court.

The Senator saidif the government did not like MQM, it should make `digestible` moves as a convict was being used for political objectives.

He said that the MQM would approach the United Nations over the issue, but did not explain the grounds which would persuade the world body to pursue the party`s case.`There is a document called jail manual which explains the procedure for the stay of inmates and convicts in prisons. The video statement of Saulat Mirza violates the jail manual rules because no convict is allowed to record a video statement,` he said.

`It sets a precedent for any convict found guilty of fraud or murder to make such a wish, to propose to become an approver after conviction, when all appeals and review petitions have been dismissed,` he said.