LAHORE: A death row convict held in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Central Jail died of a brain hemorrhage on Tuesday.
A day earlier, the convict Umer Rasheed had been shifted to Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital for medical treatment after his condition deteriorated. He died in the hospital today.
According to doctors, Rasheed had suffered a “huge shock/depression” which resulted in the brain hemorrhage – a type of stroke that is caused by an artery in the brain bursting and causing localised bleeding in the surrounding tissues.
Police took the body into custody and shifted it to a mortuary for a post-mortem examination. Following completion of the post-mortem, Rasheed’s body will be handed over to his family members.
He had been sentenced to death for committing a murder in Lahore’s Factory area. Under Section 302, a First Information Report (FIR) had been registered against him at Factory Area police station.
Earlier on Dec 22, a condemned prisoner at Mianwali Central Jail had died of heart failure.
Muhammad Liaquat, 55, of Bhakkar had been sentenced to death by a district and sessions judge in 2010 for murdering his wife Bashiran Bibi, a mother of nine, on suspicion. His revision plea had been lying with the apex court. According to doctors, Liaquat died of a heart attack.
On Dec 21, a condemned prisoner who was to be hanged also died of a heart attack in Central Jail Sukkur.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty after a Taliban attack in Peshawar killed 148 people, including more than 130 schoolchildren.
In the wake of the lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty, six death-row prisoners have been executed.