JPP slams beheading of Pakistani prisoner in S. Arabia – Pakistan

LAHORE: Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) denounced on Thursday the beheading of another Pakistani citizen, Mohammad Imran, in Shumaisi prison in Jeddah.

Imran, a worker from Chichawatni, traveled to Saudi Arabia in August 2011 to work and was arrested upon arrival at the Jeddah airport. He was implicated in drug-related charges and was sentenced to death without access to significant legal representation. The entire essay was conducted in Arabic, a language that he did not understand, without a translator.

According to the JPP, there are about 11,000 Pakistanis languishing in foreign prisons, with more than 7,000 of them in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia only has 3,400 Pakistani prisoners and has executed at least 26 of them this year, including one woman.

The families of prisoners on death row are often not notified before their execution, which deprives family members and loved ones of the possibility of a final goodbye. The bodies of those executed are also not returned, which is a serious violation of all legal and moral protocols, and Islamic mandates.

Imran's family asked the Saudi government to change this inhuman precedent and return their body so they can perform their last rites, said JPP.

The JPP noted that a prisoner transfer agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia did not materialize even though Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman promised the release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners during his visit to Islamabad in February this year.

On August 6 of this year, the Pakistani minister abroad announced at a press conference that 1,350 Pakistani prisoners had been repatriated from the kingdom. However, neither the details of these prisoners have been shared nor has a calendar been published for the return of the rest of the Pakistani prisoners.

JPP executive director Sarah Belal said: “The Kingdom is committing a serious human rights violation by continuing to sentence and decapitate Pakistani citizens with obvious contempt for due process. Despite being a close ally, KSA executes more Pakistanis than any other nationality. Not only has he not returned the promised 2,107 prisoners to Pakistan, but he has also begun to execute them. The Pakistani government must pursue and accelerate the release of these people and ensure their safe return. "

Posted on Dawn, September 13, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1504930/jpp-slams-beheading-of-pakistani-prisoner-in-s-arabia

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