Pakistani prisoner with mental illness faces execution: rights group

A Rawalpindi court has issued execution orders of a prisoner, identified as Ghulam Abbas. He, however, has found to have exhibited symptoms of mental illness.

The symptoms have been confirmed by psychiatrist Dr Mubbashar, according to a statement issued by the Justice Project Pakistan, a human rights law firm.

Abbas has been scheduled to be executed on June 18, Tuesday. A social media trend, #SaveGhulamAbbas, has been started too in the hopes that President Arif Alvi takes notice of the case and halts the death sentence.

The prisoner reportedly has a family history of mental illness. “Experts believe he is not fit for execution,” the rights group said in its statement.

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