After a brave fight by Imaan Mazari, SC suspends life-imprisonment of a convict in narcotics case

is bail was sought on medical grounds since he has a complicated medical history, putting him at a high risk of contracting COVID-19. 

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has suspended the life-imprisonment of a convict in a narcotics case. He has been given bail on medical grounds.

However, the most inspiring aspect of this case is that since the family could not afford a lawyer, Imaan Zainab Mazari requested to assist the bench.

Imaan is a lawyer and daughter of the Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari. She is also known for her activism and brave advocacy of human rights. SC allowed Imaan to assist in the case.

“The jail record reflects that petitioner Qayyum Khan had already undergone almost 21 years including remissions and his date of probable release is August 7, 2024. In these circumstances, keeping in view his medical history, which makes him as a person with low immunity levels and has more chances to be affected from the present pandemic (Covid-19) and further that the decision of his main appeal does not appear in the offing, therefore we would admit the petitioner on bail by suspending his sentence,” said the written order issued by a division bench comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi.

The convict, Qayyum Khan, was sentenced to life imprisonment under Section-9C of the Control of Narcotics Substances Act 1997. His bail was sought on medical grounds since he has a complicated medical history, putting him at a high risk of contracting COVID-19.

The SC bench asked for a medical report from Medical Officers Central Jail Rawalpindi. The report verified that the convict is suffering from multiple diseases, including diabetes and ischemia.

Imaan sought bail for the petitioner on medical grounds. She maintained that hearing the main appeal against conviction is a time taking process and will put a person with weak immunity at the risk of falling prey to the novel virus.

Keeping in view his medical condition, she requested the top court to release the petitioner and suspend his sentence. The court accepted the plea and ordered to release Qayyum once he furnishes two sureties of Rs.50,000 each, with PR bond for the satisfaction of district and session judges.

VIA | Express Tribune

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