Punjab Witness Eight Hangings
ATTOCK/KASUR/MULTAN/JHANG/SARGODHA/GUJRAT: Eight more death row prisoners were executed on Wednesday morning in jails throughout Punjab.
Three death row prisoners, including a father Aftab Ahmed and his son Muhammad Usman, were hanged in Attock Jail.
Both were convicted in a double murder case in the Attock police area. The motive behind the murder was a domestic dispute. A case was registered against them in 1998. The third convict, Safdar, was also found guilty of a double murder committed in 2003.
A condemned prisoner was executed in Sargodha's district jail. The death row prisoner, Muhammad Nawaz, was convicted for killing a man in the Thana Atta Shaheed area in 2002.
Nayyar Abbad from Muzaffargarh was hanged to death in Central Jail Multan. He was found guilty of murder over a minor feud in 1996.
Another death row prisoner, Gulfan, was executed in District Jail Gujrat. He was guilty of murdering a man in the city of Jalalpur Jattan back in 2001. The motive behind the crime was defined as personal enmity.
Ahmed Din was hanged in District Jail, Jhang. He was convicted of killing a man named Shireen Khan over a land dispute in April 2001.
Local media reported the hanging of another death row prisoner in Kasur District Jail. Tufail was convicted of a double murder. He was found guilty of killing a father and his son in 2001.
Muhammad Tariq was due to be hanged in District Jail Jhang this morning after being convicted of the October 2000 murder of Muhammad Akram. His execution was suspended by a local sessions court after a settlement was reached with the complainant party.
Resumption of hangings
The execution of convicted prisoners had been suspended for a month by the federal government prior to the commencement of Ramazan. However, hangings resumed after Eidul Fitr and two condemned prisoners were executed in Multan Jail on Monday.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had partially lifted the moratorium in the wake of the Taliban attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December last year.
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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