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No Time to Sleep

A live performance charting the final 24 hours of a death row prisoner before execution –– LIVESTREAM ENDED

Oct 19, 2018
4:11 PM

Behind the scenes

Oct 13, 2018
2:05 PM

No Time to Sleep in the press

Oct 11, 2018
1:54 AM

Conclusion

1:53 AM

No Time to Sleep livestream: Final stretch

1:52 AM

No Time to Sleep livestream: Part VI

1:51 AM

No Time to Sleep livestream: Part V

1:49 AM

No Time to Sleep livestream: Part III

1:47 AM

No Time to Sleep livestream: Part II

1:45 AM

No Time to Sleep livestream: Part I

Oct 10, 2018
11:05 PM

What is No Time to Sleep?

11:00 PM

11:00pm: "The guards are not listening"

8:00 PM

8:00pm: Guard shift

7:15 PM

7:15pm: Time for Isha prayers

5:45 PM

5:45pm: Time for Maghrib prayers

4:15 PM

4:15pm: Time for Asr prayers

4:00 PM

4:00pm: Guard shift

1:15 PM

1:15pm: Zuhr prayers

12:10 PM

Noon: "Killing his brother will not bring back my father"

12:10 PM

Noon: Mediation

12:08 PM

Noon: Last meal

11:59 AM

Noon: Guard shift

10:00 AM

10:00am: Prisoner Z's family arrives

9:20 AM

9:20am: Application for stay of execution rejected

9:00 AM

9:00am: Another appeal

8:00 AM

08:00am: Guard shift

6:00 AM

6:00am: Breakfast is served

4:45 AM

4:45am: Fajr prayers

4:00 AM

4:00am: Guard shift

12:00 AM

Midnight: The final 24 hours begin

Oct 09, 2018
11:59 PM

11:59pm: Guard shift

8:00 PM

8:00pm: Guard shift

7:15 PM

7:15pm: Time for Isha prayers

6:30 PM

6:30pm: Dinner time

5:45 PM

5:45pm: Time for Maghrib prayers

5:35 PM

5:35pm: Inspection

4:15 PM

4:15pm: Time for Asr prayers

4:00 PM

4:00pm: Guard shift

3:40 PM

3:40pm: Seeking forgiveness

3:30 PM

3:30pm: Attempts at reconciliation

3:00 PM

3:00pm: Ropes successfully tested

2:30 PM

2:30pm: The family's desperation

2:15 PM

2:15pm: Making arrangements (continued)

2:00 PM

2:00pm: Making arrangements

1:45 PM

1:45pm: Letter to daughters

1:30 PM

1:30pm: Prison regulations

1:21 PM

1:15pm: Zuhr prayers

1:00 PM

1:00pm: Last minute effort

12:17 PM

12:15pm: Planning for another petition

12:08 PM

Noon: Lunch

11:59 AM

Noon: Guard shift

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19th Oct, 4:11 PM

Behind the scenes

Take a look behind the scenes of No Time To Sleep, a groundbreaking 24-hour live performance charting the final day of a death row prisoner.

Starring Sarmad Khoosat as Prisoner Z, the performance went on without breaks for 24 hours and was streamed live across the world and right here on Dawn.com.

View the entire album here.

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11th Oct, 1:54 AM

Conclusion

Prisoner Z received a temporary stay of execution one hour before he was due to be hanged.

Z was brought back to the general population of the prison. He spent the following weeks educating his fellow inmates.


One month later, another execution warrant was issued. He was brought back to solitary confinement and hanged after three days.

This story is inspired by the real life experience of Zufilqar Ali. Hours before dying, Zulfiqar asked a guard to tell his lawyers that he felt as though he lived another lifetime in that precious month.

10th Oct, 11:05 PM

What is No Time to Sleep?

Do you know the terrifying 24 hours a death row prisoner goes through before execution?

No Time to Sleep seeks to portray the same for audiences by charting the final days of Prisoner Z.

The role is played by Sarmad Khoosat and the performance goes on without any breaks.

No Time to Sleep is primarily about the tyranny of time that is both long and short – running slow and running out – while the ropes are tested.

The play is a project of Justice Project Pakistan, in collaboration with Olomopolo Media and Highlight Arts. The concept is by Ryan van Winkle. It will be directed by Kanwal Khoosat and has been produced by Iram Sana.


Prisoner Z's life is roughly based on Zulfiqar Ali Khan, who was JPP’s first client and spent 17 years on death row. In that time, his execution was scheduled and stayed more than 20 times. He was finally executed in June 2015.

Scroll down the live blog for more.

10th Oct, 11:00 PM

11:00pm: "The guards are not listening"

UPDATE: Two lawyers from the Justice Project Pakistan have arrived outside the prison with a member of the victim’s family, who says he is willing to testify to forgive Prisoner Z — but the guards are not listening.

10th Oct, 8:00 PM

8:00pm: Guard shift

The guard’s four-hour shift has ended. A new guard will arrive to replace him.

Abu Bakar, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP
Abu Bakar, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP

10th Oct, 4:00 PM

4:00pm: Guard shift

It is time for the change in the guards' shift.

The guards' shifts change every four hours. Each guard has a different relationship with Prisoner Z and a different level of comfort with him.

Hassan Kamal, one of Prisoner Z's prison guards.—JPP
Hassan Kamal, one of Prisoner Z's prison guards.—JPP

10th Oct, 12:10 PM

Noon: "Killing his brother will not bring back my father"

A victim's family can forgive a death row prisoner. Here's one example:

Hanging Iqbal is detrimental for society. He was a boy, and he made a mistake and we are always more than the worst thing we have done.

Read the rest here.

10th Oct, 12:10 PM

Noon: Mediation

UPDATE: Justice Project Pakistan are mediating conversations between the victim’s family and Prisoner Z’s family. Negotiations over the sum of blood money required for forgiveness are often arduous.

10th Oct, 12:08 PM

Noon: Last meal

Prisoner Z is served his simple meal of tea and biscuits. This is the last time he will be allowed to eat today.

–JPP
–JPP

10th Oct, 11:59 AM

Noon: Guard shift

A new guard arrives to look over Prisoner Z.

The guards' shifts change every four hours. Each guard has a different relationship with Prisoner Z and a different level of comfort with him.

Sarfraz, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP
Sarfraz, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP

10th Oct, 10:00 AM

10:00am: Prisoner Z's family arrives

Prisoner Z’s family have arrived at Lahore Central Jail.

Z's daughters.–JPP
Z's daughters.–JPP

10th Oct, 9:20 AM

9:20am: Application for stay of execution rejected

UPDATE: JPP’s application to the high court has been rejected.

10th Oct, 9:00 AM

9:00am: Another appeal

Justice Project Pakistan are bringing their appeal for a stay of execution for Prisoner Z to the high court.

You can learn more about JPP and their work here.

10th Oct, 8:00 AM

08:00am: Guard shift

The guards’ third shift of the day begins. Guards watch over the prisoner all day, right up until the moment he is taken to the gallows. Prisoner Z will never be alone as he waits for his execution.

The guards' shifts change every four hours. Each guard has a different relationship with Prisoner Z and a different level of comfort with him.

Abu Bakar, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP
Abu Bakar, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP

10th Oct, 6:00 AM

6:00am: Breakfast is served

Prisoner Z’s simple breakfast of tea and biscuits is served after sunrise. Prisoners are denied all other food, in an effort to avoid any illness that may render them "unfit" for execution.

Prisoner Z at breakfast.—JPP
Prisoner Z at breakfast.—JPP

10th Oct, 4:45 AM

4:45am: Fajr prayers

Prisoner Z rises for the first call to prayer of the day.

Prisoner Z's prayer mat.—JPP
Prisoner Z's prayer mat.—JPP

10th Oct, 4:00 AM

4:00am: Guard shift

A prison guard arrives to continue the watch over Prisoner Z.

The guards' shifts change every four hours. Each guard has a different relationship with Prisoner Z and a different level of comfort with him.

Hassan Kamal, one of Prisoner Z's prison guards.—JPP
Hassan Kamal, one of Prisoner Z's prison guards.—JPP

9th Oct, 11:59 PM

11:59pm: Guard shift

The guard’s four-hour shift has ended. It is time for another guard to come and watch over Prisoner Z.

Sarfraz, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP
Sarfraz, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP

9th Oct, 8:00 PM

8:00pm: Guard shift

The guard’s four-hour shift has ended. A new guard will arrive to replace him.

Abu Bakar, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP
Abu Bakar, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP

9th Oct, 6:30 PM

6:30pm: Dinner time

Prisoner Z is served dinner — a packet of biscuits and tea. This is all he can eat until his execution as per the jail manual.

Prisoner Z with his meal of tea and biscuits.—JPP
Prisoner Z with his meal of tea and biscuits.—JPP

9th Oct, 5:35 PM

5:35pm: Inspection

The assistant superintendent has visited Prisoner Z and has confirmed that prison regulations are being followed.

Executions weigh heavily on those carrying them out too, often leading to alcohol and substance abuse as a coping mechanism.

9th Oct, 4:00 PM

4:00pm: Guard shift

It is time for the change in the guards' shift.

The guards' shifts change every four hours. Each guard has a different relationship with Prisoner Z and a different level of comfort with him.

Hassan Kamal, one of Prisoner Z's prison guards.—JPP
Hassan Kamal, one of Prisoner Z's prison guards.—JPP

9th Oct, 3:40 PM

3:40pm: Seeking forgiveness

A formal acknowledgement of forgiveness will likely require a payment of blood money.

Some families choose to forgive. The family of the victim of a convicted death row prisoner named Iqbal forgave him and explained their decision.

9th Oct, 3:30 PM

3:30pm: Attempts at reconciliation

UPDATE: Justice Project Pakistan have just now managed to find and contact a member of the victim’s family to discuss reconciliation.

The family member has still not confirmed their willingness to participate.

9th Oct, 3:00 PM

3:00pm: Ropes successfully tested

The ropes have been successfully tested at the jail by the executioner, using sandbags.

Here, an executioner describes how to tie the knot on a rope.

9th Oct, 2:30 PM

2:30pm: The family's desperation

Family members do whatever they can to save the life of a loved one who is on death row. Prisoner Z’s father has vowed to offer nazarana at the Data Darbar shrine if his execution is halted.

9th Oct, 2:15 PM

2:15pm: Making arrangements (continued)

The neighbourhood has arranged a Quran khwani for Z.

In the video below, a family prays and prepares to visit a family member on death row for the last time.

9th Oct, 2:00 PM

2:00pm: Making arrangements

Prisoner Z’s brother has managed to borrow enough money from friends and neighbours for his father and Z’s daughters to get to Lahore.

Prisoner Z's daughters.—JPP
Prisoner Z's daughters.—JPP

9th Oct, 1:45 PM

1:45pm: Letter to daughters

Prisoner Z’s daughters are preparing to see their father for the final time. Zulfiqar, the inspiration for Z, was very worried about this daughters before his execution.

9th Oct, 1:30 PM

1:30pm: Prison regulations

The assistant superintendent has visited Prisoner Z and has confirmed that prison regulations are being followed.

9th Oct, 1:00 PM

1:00pm: Last minute effort

Prisoner Z’s brother attempted to contact the victim’s family to try to arrange reconciliation with them. Their number was disconnected.

9th Oct, 12:17 PM

12:15pm: Planning for another petition

Justice Project Pakistan will be going to the high court tomorrow morning to petition for a stay of execution for Prisoner Z.

9th Oct, 12:08 PM

Noon: Lunch

Prisoner Z’s father sacrificed the family goat when he heard about his execution. Z’s daughter is cooking mutton biryani, his favourite dish, to bring to him when they visit.

Meanwhile, Z is served his simple meal of tea and biscuits to keep him from gaining weight or getting ill.

Prisoner Z at his lunch of tea and biscuits.—JPP
Prisoner Z at his lunch of tea and biscuits.—JPP

9th Oct, 11:59 AM

Noon: Guard shift

It is time for the midday change in the guards' shift.

The guards' shifts change every four hours. Each guard has a different relationship with Prisoner Z and a different level of comfort with him.

Sarfraz, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP
Sarfraz, one of Prisoner Z's guards.—JPP