LAHORE - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the President to stay the hanging of Abdul Basit, a paraplegic man, scheduled for Tuesday (Sept 22) and grant him reprieve.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the commission said: “Human rights activists throughout Pakistan and beyond have been shocked to learn of the orders for the execution, despite the fact that the unfortunate man is paralysed from his waist below. HRCP is also shocked that the courts summarily dismissed the pleas for taking into consideration the provisions of international human rights instruments for special treatment of physically challenged people. Abdul Basit’s mercy petition is still pending in the presidency. HRCP urges President Mamoon Husain to stay the execution of Abdul Basit and grant him reprieve.”