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World Day Against Death Penalty, “No Time To Sleep”

Web Desk(October 10, 2018): An special 24-hour play is being presented on the World Day against Death Penalty starring the veteran actor Sarmad Khoosat.

This groundbreaking live act, titled No Time to Sleep, has been organized by the Justice Project Pakistan in collaboration with Oligopoly Media and Highlight Arts, in solidarity with the World Day Against Death Penalty. The performance will permit 24 batches of a limited audience of twenty people each and will be live streamed on various channels throughout the world, including the British Parliament and universities across Ireland.There is an entire audience for the performance and people shift out after 1 hour, where a new batch of people come in. People have been talking about the play for a while and the performance by Sarmad Khoosat was heavily awaited.

To prepare for his role, Sarmad spent time with prisoners who are actually on death row and are awaiting their executions while their families and lawyers tirelessly work on requests for pardons and appeals.

For the performance, Sarmad Khoosat has transformed into Prisoner Z, a man on death row. Prisoner Z is based on Zulfiqar Ali Khan, who was the first client for Justice Project Pakistan. His execution was scheduled and because of stay orders, delayed over 20 times. He was given the death sentence because he shot two robbers to death in self-defense when they tried to rob him and his brother just outside of Islamabad. While Zulfiqar acted in self-defense, he was convicted and given the death penalty.

He was incredibly intelligent and gained several degrees while he was in prison including several masters level certifications. He also taught 400 inmates as well, helping them become qualified too and was overall considered a positive influence in the prison. His death penalty was still not removed.

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