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Medical Board Confirms “Bed Bound” Prisoner Faces Execution in Pakistan


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Medical Board Confirms “Bed Bound” Prisoner Faces Execution in Pakistan

PAKISTAN -

A Government-appointed medical board in Pakistan has confirmed that a prisoner facing execution in the coming weeks has no use of his lower limbs and is “bed bound with urinary and fecal incontinence.”

Abdul Basit was due to be hanged on 28 July, but his execution was stayed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) after his lawyers argued that it would constitute cruel and unusual punishment and violate the fundamental right to human dignity enshrined in Pakistan’s Constitution. A hearing on Abdul Basit’s case is scheduled for Tuesday 25 August.

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It's an interesting question, though abhorrent. Is paraplegia (which he contracted in prison) equivalent, as a punishment, to being hanged? Being hanged is dreadful, but is usually over in an objectively short time, whereas living with paraplegia in a country with few provisions even for the able-bodied seems as though it could be at least equivalent if not subjectively worse.