ISLAMABAD - The federal government has decided to halt execution of death row convict Saulat Mirza for another 90 days following his revelations through a video message against MQM leadership.

Ministry of Interior has moved a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain through PM’s office to halt execution of MQM’s Saulat Mirza for 90 days, an official of the ministry said.

The Ministry of Interior in the summary sent to PM said 72-hour period to investigate the allegations levelled by the death row convict Mirza in the video was not enough and at least 90-day period would be required for this purpose. Earlier, president had halted his execution for 72 hours.

The official sources informed that the ministry had decided to halt execution of Mirza for 90 days after it consulted all the legal issues in the matter with all quarters concerned.

During the period of 90 days, the government will first give the statement of Saulat Mirza a legal cover by producing him in a court of law and then a joint investigation team (JIT) would be formed to investigate the allegations levelled by Mirza in his statement.

Saulat Mirza, who was to be hanged on March 19, in a video message had leveled charges against MQM leadership including party chief Altaf Hussain for their alleged involvement in target killing.

In the video that went on air few hours before his execution, he alleged that he had got orders of killing former KESC MD Shahid Hamid from Altaf Hussain. He said he usually got such orders from his party chief Altaf Hussain through MQM Senator Babar Ghauri.

On the other hand, the ministry has already received orders from the Presidency to halt execution of juvenile convict Shafqat Hussain for 30 days to ascertain facts about his age at the time of committing murder.