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    Thursday, 31 May 2018

    Pakistani national on death row in Indonesia passes away

    Pakistani national on death row in Indonesia Zulfiqar Ali, who was said to have been 'wrongly convicted' in a drugs case, passed away on Thursday.
    Earlier during the day, Ali was shifted to an Intensive Care Unit and requests were being made to shift him to Pakistan.
    A Pakistani rights group, the Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) had appealed on Indonesia to free Zulfiqar Ali on humanitarian grounds.
    The JPP, which opposes capital punishment, had earlier said in a statement today that 54-year-old Zulfiqar Ali could soon die after his health deteriorated while in a Jakarta prison hospital.
    Sarah Belal, executive director at Justice Project Pakistan, said they cannot save Ali's life but are trying to help him "die a free man."
    There was no immediate response from Indonesia.
    Zulfiqar Ali was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer in December 2017 and had also been suffering from chronic liver cirrhosis and Diabetes Mellitus.
    Ali was arrested in November 2004 and later convicted on drug smuggling charges which carry the death sentence in Indonesia. The rights group claims his trial was unfair and that he was wrongfully convicted.
    President Mamnoon Hussain had also asked Indonesia President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to pardon Ali.
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