Pakistan is planning to execute a paraplegic man by hanging him death while he remains seated in his wheelchair - the first case of its kind in the country.
The Telegraph reports that ,Abdul Basit, 43, was convicted of murder in 2009 but a bout of
tuberculosis while detained in Faisalabad Prison the following year which left him paralysed from the waist down.
Following Pakistan's decision to lift its temporary ban on executions in the wake of the Peshawar massacre last December, Basit has moved to the front of the queue to be killed - sparking furious debate over the legal, ethical and even practical implications of his execution.
Having been issued with a 'Black Warrant' on July 29 confirming his imminent execution, Basit's lawyers and human rights campaigners have battled for him to avoid facing the scaffold.
As Basit cannot support his own body weight, he obviously would not be able to 'mount' the scaffold or 'stand' upon it, leaving officials to claim that the only way to get around the regulation would be to hang the condemned man to death while he remains seated in his wheelchair.
So what do you think? Should he be given preferential treatment cos he is disabled,bearing in mind he did kill someone,or should he be treated like an able bodied man for his crime?