LAHORE- The 54 year old resident of Toba Tek Singh, Kanizan who had been indicted for committing 7 murders 26 years ago is going to be executed now and is likely to become the first woman to be executed.
As per the details, Kanizan had committed 7 murders along with her lover, Khan Muhammad and was handed death penalty in 1989. Khan was hanged in 2003 while Kanizan’s execution could not be accomplished due to her mental health condition. The clemency appeals filed by her earlier were dismissed by the Supreme Court.
It is pertinent to mention here that jail authorities state that Kanizan was having unstable mental condition and is under treatment in Punjab Institute of Mental Health, Lahore. As the Superintendent of Kot Lakhpat Jail holds that her mental condition is the only obstacle in her hanging, otherwise she would have been executed already.
She has been indicted for murder of five minor siblings, and their mother who were the family of Khan Muhammad. It was found later that Khan was also involved in the murder, and confessed when arrested that Kanizan was his accomplice in the murders.
Now, Kanizan is the only woman condemned prisoner who had her appeals against the execution dismissed by both Supreme Court and the President of Pakistan. The total condemned woman prisoners in Punjab amount to 47.
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