Pakistan's top court stays hanging of mentally ill convict?

Imad Ali's hanging was postponed earlier due to his mental illness. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan Oct 31, 2016, 07.55 AM (IST)

Pakistan's apex court today stayed the execution of the schizophrenic man convicted in 2002 for murdering a cleric, Pakistan daily, the Dawn, reported. 


The hearing of the case will resume in the second week of November after the hanging was postponed on the basis of convict Imad Ali's mental illness.


After Ali's wife submitted a review petition, the Supreme Court issued notices to Advocate General Punjab, Prosecutor General Punjab and Attorney General, seeking their comments on the issue, the daily reported. 


According to the daily, however, the SC had already rejected a plea as his lawyers said Ali is unfit to be executed since he is unable to understand his crime and punishment.