Two Murder Convicts Hanged in Machh and Bahawalpur
QUETTA/BAHAWALPUR: Wednesday set off witnessing hanging of two murder convicts in Balochistan's Machh Jail and Punjab's Bahawalpur Central Jail respectively.
In 2004, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Sibi sentenced Ameer Hamza to be hanged till death. It took 11 year to hang death-row convict Ameer on 8th April 2015 in Machh jail, reportedly being the first to be hanged in Balochitan in the last seven years.
Hamza was found guilty of killing a man over a minor dispute in 1995 while his mercy appeal was turned down by President Mamnoon Hussain on March 30.
Similarly, Bahawalpur's Central Jail saw today the hanging of Sikander who was convicted of murder.
In 2002, Sikandar went through a court martial to which the court awarded him death sentence. Sikander, who hailed from Shaheed Benazirabad District in Sindh, had killed a colleague in Rawalpindi in 2002.
Pakistan had lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.
Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.
The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.
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