Provincial authorities request SHC to dismiss petition for transfer of Saulat Mirza from Mach jail to Karachi

KARACHI: Provincial authorities on Wednesday requested the Sindh High Court (SHC) to dismiss the petition seeking transfer of a condemned prisoner Saulat Ali Khan, an activist of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), from Mach Jail, Balochistan, back to Karachi central prison as he was transferred for security reasons.

Secretary home ministry submitted before a division bench of SHC that Saulat Ali Khan alias Saulat Mirza was transferred from Central Prison Karachi along with other high-profile prisoners due to security reasons at the request of IG Prison Sindh and with approval of Chief Minister Sindh.

Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh, who headed a division bench disposed of the petition after counsel for petitioner, Amir Mansoob Qureshi requested court to dispose of the petition.

The petitioner, Farhat Ali Khan, brother of Mirza filed petition in SHC, submitting that Saulat was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on May 24, 1999, for murdering the then managing director of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), his driver, and guard on July 5, 1997 in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA),a neighbourhood of Karachi.

He said that his brother had been was shifted to Mach Jail without orders of competent authority or any notification in the second week of February.  He said that since his brother was removed from central jail Karachi, his particulars and health were unknown to his family.

He said that Saulat Ali has been imprisoned since 1999 in the murder case, and his mercy appeal was pending before the president. He said that fundamental right of visiting him has been denied. Hence, he pleaded the court to order his transfer back to Karachi central prison.

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