Islamabad: Abdul Basit, a disabled murder convict was given a fourth stay of execution late Tuesday just hours before he was due to be hanged.

Abdul Basit, a paraplegic who was convicted of murder in 2009, was scheduled to be hung early today. His execution has already been postponed several times, after rights groups raised concerns about how a wheelchair-bound man would mount the scaffold.

The presidency issued a statement late Tuesday saying the execution had been delayed for two months, while President Mamnoon Hussain ordered an inquiry into Basit’s medical condition. The statement said the president had vowed that "human rights will be upheld."

"We are very happy to hear the news that the president has stayed the execution," Basit‘s mother Nusrat Parveen told media persons. Earlier, Basit‘s sister Asma Mazhar had issued a plea to the president to spare her brother.