ISLAMABAD: An official of Pakistan embassy in Jakarta met drug convict Zulfiqar Ali on Monday, days after his execution was halted by Indonesia.
On Thursday, the country rejected appeals from the UN and EU to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts including foreigners, later executing only four of them.
The 52-year-old had been arrested from Bogor on drug trafficking charges in November 2004 and sentenced by a district court in 2005. The sentence was upheld by a higher court in 2006 while two subsequent judicial review pleas, first in 2008 and then in 2013, were turned down.
The official today held a meeting with Zulfiqar for four hours and primarily inquired after his health.
The officer also met the convict’s family and his doctor, wherein he confirmed Zulfiqar was in good spirits and his health problems were being adequately attended to.
Last week, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Indonesia Aqil Naseem cited findings of an internal investigation which found “serious breaches of a fair trial” and urged that the case be reviewed.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office had also hoped a clemency plea to pardon Zulfikar, will be considered.