Pakistan

Child rapist hanged to death in Pakistan

VEHARI: A convicted prisoner on death row has been executed in Vehari district of Punjab early Wednesday morning, ARY News reported.

Abdul Ghafoor, convicted of raping and killing an eight year girl  back in 1991 was hanged to death in Vehari District Jail.

Abdul Ghafoor was executed after President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain rejected his clemency plea.

Pakistan lifted the moratorium on death penalty on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked Army Public School in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults.

The moratorium, in force since 2008, was initially lifted only in terrorism cases.

But the government extended the order in March, directing provincial governments to proceed with hangings for all death row prisoners who have exhausted their appeals and clemency petitions.

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