Tamil Diplomat

Pakistan delays hanging of paraplegic man

Abdul Basit could not be hanged in compliance with the jail manual because he is in a wheelchair, a magistrate said when ordering the postponement.

Pakistan’s prison guidelines require that a prisoner stand on the gallows.

Rights groups say hanging Basit would constitute cruel and degrading treatment, and that there is a risk of the hanging going wrong.

Abdul Basit, 43, is paralysed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair after becoming ill in prison.