A Pakistani court has issued a death warrant for a schizophrenic man, his lawyers said, months after the country’s top court halted the execution of another mentally ill prisoner.
Khizar Hayat, a 55-year-old former police officer, was sentenced to death in 2003 for shooting a colleague.
Lahore prison authorities pressed for the death warrant, which was granted by a sessions court, and the execution has been set for January 17.
The United Nations has previously called on Pakistan to protect mentally ill inmates, singling out Hayat as having “psychosocial disabilities”.
The Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), which is managing his case, said it had filed an appeal against the court order.