Pakistan steps up efforts to save its national on death row in Indonesia

Islamabad: The Pakistani government has intensified diplomatic efforts for saving a national, Zulfiqar Ali, who is facing imminent execution in Indonesia after being convicted of drug-related charges. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who is in Laos for an Asean (Association of Sou­theast Asian Nations) Regional Forum meeting, has sought a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on the issue, according to officials. Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador Iwan Suyudhie Amri was summoned to the Foreign Office over the expected execution. "Indonesian ambassador in Islamabad was also called in by the ministry and asked to convey the government of Pakistan’s concern to his authorities," Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya told Dawn online. After languishing in jail for 12 years, Ali is set to be executed in Indonesia.