ISLAMABAD – The mother of Pakistan's only paraplegic death-row inmate says jail officials have informed her that her 43-year-old son will be executed next week.
Nusrat Perveen says jail officials on Saturday asked her to have a final meeting with her son, Abdul Basit, on Tuesday before he is hanged the following morning. She appealed to the president and prime minister of Pakistan to pardon her son on medical and humanitarian grounds. Two months ago, authorities halted Basit's execution at the 11th hour following appeals from the family.
Basit has been paralyzed from the waist down since contracting meningitis in prison in 2010 and uses a wheelchair.
He has been on death row since 2009, convicted of murdering a man in a financial dispute in Punjab province.