Nine Death-Row Convicts Hanged Across Punjab
Nine murder convicts were executed in jails across the country on Tuesday, media reported.
Two murder convicts, Asif and Iftikhar, were hanged in Central Jail Faisalabad.
Murder convicts Shakeel and Sher Ali were hanged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. Shakeel was sentenced to death in 1997 while Sher Ali was handed the death sentence in 2001 for the murder of two persons during a firing incident.
Meanwhile in Sahiwal District Jail, Ishaq was executed for murder while in Sargodha District Jail Amjad was hanged for murdering three minors in 2005.
Muhammad Nawaz was also hanged for murder in Gujranwala Central Jail and two other murder convicts in Toba Tek Singh District were also sent to the gallows.
Security during all the executions was beefed up and unauthorised persons were not allowed access to the prisons during the hanging.
The number of executions across the country have been on the rise since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty at the end of last year. The total number put to death since executions resumed in December has crossed over 100.
A moratorium on the death penalty had been in force since 2008, but executions were restarted in December after Taliban militants gunned down 154 people, most of them children, at a school in the restive northwest.
The moratorium was initially lifted only for those convicted of terrorism offences, but in March was extended to cover all capital offences.
The European Union, the United Nations and human rights campaigners have all urged Pakistan to reinstate the moratorium.
Critics say Pakistan’s criminal justice system is marred by police torture, poor legal representation for victims and unfair trials.
Human rights group Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process.
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