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‘Saudi Arabia executes first female Pakistani prisoner in five years’

April 11, 2019

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Saudi Arabia executed a Pakistani couple accused smuggling drugs, Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday.

According to Justice Project Pakistan, Fatima Ijaz is the first Pakistani woman to be executed in Saudi Arabia since 2014.

The rights group said that three Pakistani nationals, Ijaz, her husband Muhammad Mustafa and Abdul Malik, were executed in the Kingdom.

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“Saudi Arabia has executed more than 100 Pakistanis in the past five years,” the rights group said in a statement. “The Kingdom executes more Pakistanis than any other foreign nationality, with 20 executions in 2014, 22 in 2015, 7 in 2016, 17 in 2017, 30 in 2018 and 14 this year so far.”

“It is extremely disheartening to know that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has executed its first female Pakistani prisoner in five years,” Sarah Belal, the executive director of Justice Project Pakistan, said in a statement.

She called Ijaz’s execution a “gross failure” of the Pakistani mission to do its constitutional duty.

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“The government of Pakistan must utilise all diplomatic channels to compel the Saudi government to halt the executions of Pakistanis facing the harshest punishment,” she added.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had informed Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that there were 3,000 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

“We would just like you to bear in mind that they are poor people who have left their families behind,” PM Khan said.

The crown prince told PM Khan to consider him Pakistan’s ambassador in Saudi Arabia. “We cannot say no to Pakistan … whatever we can do, we will deliver that,” he said.



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    Syed   April 12, 2019 7:14 am/ Reply

    In this report, you did not share the detail why she has been executed???

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      Colin Gillett   April 12, 2019 10:31 am/ Reply

      Drug running. If you know what the penalty could be if caught, and still commit the crime then you deserve all you get.

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      1.618   April 12, 2019 12:43 pm/ Reply

      First sentence buddy.. in bold.

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    Khan m Rauf khan   April 12, 2019 10:14 am/ Reply

    Saudi Arabia does good. Pakistani or non Pakistani.

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    Colin Gillett   April 12, 2019 10:34 am/ Reply

    Drug running. Don’t commit the crime if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of your actions.

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    MSK   April 12, 2019 11:24 am/ Reply

    It is very strange that poor ppl know very well that there are executions every year and again they repeat the same mistakes. Who’s responsibility is this? If Saudia will stop this, the numbers will increase in ten folds. We have to counter our weakness. It’s simple ” you don’t bother me, I don’t bother you.”

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      Wareesha   April 18, 2019 2:28 pm/ Reply

      exactly….thats the point

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    Mohsin   April 12, 2019 11:57 am/ Reply

    Reason or not. Execution is not ok. In any case. It’s a shame.

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      Fadi   April 18, 2019 5:30 pm/ Reply

      You need to read the Islamic rules. Fortunately, you cannot erase these rules in the books.

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    Zaigham Ali   April 12, 2019 5:56 pm/ Reply

    No matter whats the circumstances if Pakistanis are involved in serious crimes they must be punished. In Pakistan theres no law existing, here in Pakistan criminals are nourished.

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    Waheza   April 12, 2019 6:18 pm/ Reply

    So many family been destroy due to drugs. Young kids falls on their traps. Severe punishments is a must to control this dirty drugs. Drug dealers used poor people to do their trades
    Alas very sad for the executions

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    Xyz   April 12, 2019 7:41 pm/ Reply

    How come they catch at Saudi and not in Pakistan while carrying drugs. Not all of them as drug carrier, the execution counts are higher.

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    Hameda   April 13, 2019 12:20 am/ Reply

    If they don’t get punished for their crimes they will lead others to do the same crime

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    Nabeel   April 13, 2019 1:16 am/ Reply

    If the Pakistan had enforcement of such serious punishments then we wouldn’t be topping globally in drugs consumption at first place.
    On lighter note, crime is crime and should be dealt with no leniency.

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    sarah   April 13, 2019 3:18 am/ Reply

    sorry to say but there must be 0 tolerence in drug usage or ppl who smuggle it.

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    Taj   April 13, 2019 3:45 am/ Reply

    People must know that by drug traffic they kill the human beings so they deserve this cspitsl punishment . Good job Saudis .

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    M n khan   April 13, 2019 5:50 am/ Reply

    The trail should be fair

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    Anonymous   April 13, 2019 2:07 pm/ Reply

    I think Pakistan should take care of this problem in their own countries so that Saudi doesn’t get a chance to punish them.

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    Mohd Shafi   April 13, 2019 8:54 pm/ Reply

    Law is al law either a pakistani or a saudian those who break the law must not be dealt with liniency he or she must be punished in the same manner

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    Saima Mustafa   April 13, 2019 11:24 pm/ Reply

    It’s a brutality

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    ansar   April 14, 2019 9:38 am/ Reply

    goog news is that they won’t peddle drugs again

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    Uwe Kaprolat (Germany)   April 14, 2019 3:27 pm/ Reply

    I always aks myself: Why do they execute drug smugglers? That doesn’t solve the problem of drug abuse. The smugglers only serve a market that is already there. Why do people abuse drugs? Aren’t they happy with their live as it is? That are questions. I don’t believe, that there is a drug addict less after this executions.
    Don’t get me wrong: I am for capital punishment. Those who commit the gravest crimes deserve the severest punishment. Take or destroy a life and your life is destroyed and taken.
    But in my opinion drug abuse doesn’t meet that criteria. The user is greedy for his drug. He is not the seduced, the trafficker is not the seducer. Drug abusers simply go the easy way to “solve” their problems by sedating themselves. They may be overcome by boredom or unbearable griefs. But that’s not the fault of the narco traffickers. As I already said, traffickers only serve a market. They do not create it.
    Happy people do not take drugs. It’s always the unhappy who do. Society as a whole has to look after fellow compatriots in times of desperation. I think, that is the only way to solve the problem of drug misuse: not punishing, but compassion. Be a good brother or sister to each other.

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      Fahad   April 18, 2019 5:35 pm/ Reply

      I think you are wrong in saying that traffickers only serve a market. They do not create it. Then how is a market created in the first place?? Offcourse by these trafficker, who else?

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    Mahmood   April 14, 2019 4:04 pm/ Reply

    The problem is that in Saudi Arabia there is no proper defence attorney afforded to the defendants and trials are conducted in Arabic and the defendants don’t know what they are actually being accused of or what the prosecution is saying etc.

    Since they are poor people, they cannot be tried with impunity whilst the rich are let off lightly.

    May Allah guide us to the straight path. Aameen.

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    Jaff   April 17, 2019 9:59 pm/ Reply

    Do Islamic rules applied? Answer is no. Do international rules permit execution on drug trafficking? Answer is no. It is only the kings desire.

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    Mamu   April 18, 2019 5:28 pm/ Reply

    To stop this drug menace, This is the correct rule. Other countries should also apply it.

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    Ali   April 19, 2019 2:22 am/ Reply

    It seems fishy. It needs to be investigated. As we see in films bad people slip in drugs in open luggage of other people at airport during customs scan. What is the reason they dont get caught by Pakistani customs while departing. Why a peson who knows about consequences would dare to do this. Also the count is too high. This needs to be jointly investigated by both countries.

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