A Problem in Pakistan

_79933326_79933325Jessica Whitman ’18

Shafqat Hussain, at the age of 14, was tortured by an anti-terrorism court until he confessed to the murder of a child. His torture included electrocutions and beatings. The head of communications at Justice Project Pakistan said, “He still carries burn marks on his body from where cigarette stubs were put out on him.” He was then sentenced to death. Hussain is now 23 years old.

He had been working as a security guard at a building which was under construction and had become close with one of the families. One of their children went missing and a month later, he was charged with kidnapping and murder.

This is the second time in two years that his execution has been halted. This is happening because he was tortured into confessing. Hussain has lawyers at the JPP who are looking into his case because of inquiries by several human-rights organizations.

However, his life is still at risk, because the guards at the prison have not been told to halt the execution, so they are still making preparations for an execution on the 14th.

I think that the saddest part of this story is that his parents don’t know about his death sentence. They are extremely ill, so no one has told them because they are afraid that the news will be too much for them to handle. All they know is that their son is in prison. They haven’t seen him in almost ten years.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30688100

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pakistan-halts-execution-shafqat-hussain-who-was-convicted-14-n280451

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