Punjab Saw Five More Death-Row Hangings

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Wednesday, 21 October 2015 17:57

MULTAN: Five convicted murderers were hanged on Wednesday, an official said, bringing the total number of people executed in the past 24 hours to 14.

The latest executions took place in cities of Lahore, Bahawalpur, Toba Tek Singh, Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province.

“One convict was hanged in each jail in the five cities,” a senior prisons official, who did not want to be named, told AFP.

On Tuesday, Pakistan executed nine convicts, also in prisons in Punjab.

Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.

Supporters argue that the death penalty is the only effective way to deal with the scourge of militancy in the country.

But critics say the legal system is unjust, with rampant police torture, poor representation for victims and unfair trials.

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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