Imad Ali case
Islamabad—A two member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has received a list of ten medical examiners from advocate general Punjab for the formation of a medical board to assess mental state of Imad Ali- the death row prisoner who is around fifty years old and was sentenced to death for the murder of a religious scholar in 2002.
His lawyers maintain Ali is unfit to be executed as he is unable to understand his crime and punishment, and that doing so would violate Pakistan’s obligations under a United Nations treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The court raised an objection on the fact that Ali’s jail records were never created. “Imdad Ali was in jail for seven years, why was his history ticket not created?”, commented Justice Ameer Hani Muslim. “According to the law it is the duty of the jail officials to get an inmate’s full mental and physical diagnosis,” he added.