A 101-year-old murder convict in Pakistan requested early release from prison citing multiple age-related illnesses, under Rule 146 of the Pakistan Prisons Code from the Home Department, media reports said on Sunday.
As the prisoner Mehndi Khan did not receive any response from the authorities concerned, he approached the High Court of Lahore (LHC) requesting an order from the Home Department for his early release.
On 15 July, LHC Justice Raja Shahid Mehmood Abbasi directed the Home Office to take a decision within three weeks on the appeal of an elderly prisoner requesting early release pursuant to Rule 146 of the Pakistan Prison Code. The petitioner lodged a petition in the LHC through Advocate Muhammad Hamza Haider.
The prosecutor told the court that the petitioner was in Gujrat District Jail, serving a life sentence, handed him a murder case against him in 2006. He said the complainant was suffering from a number of illnesses.
The lawyer asked the court to provide guidance to the authorities concerned for the early release of the prisoner.
Meanwhile, the Section Officer, acting on behalf of the respondent Home Department as the Deputy Chief Secretary, confirmed that he was able to make a decision on the application submitted by the prison authorities within a fortnight.
At this point, the petitioner’s counsel did not press the petition. Mehndi Khan was 86 years old when a murder case against seven people was filed against him, The Express Tribune reported.
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