Pakistan

Eight more murder convicts hanged to death

KARACHI: At least eight murder convicts were hanged to death on Tuesday, officials said, bringing the total number of people executed since the lifting of a moratorium on death penalty in the country to more than 230.

The executions — including of two sets of brothers — took place in four cities in the central province of Punjab: Attock, Gujrat, Multan and Bahawalpur.

Two brothers, Mohammad Azam and Mohammad Aslam, were hanged in Gujrat; while another two brothers, Ghulam Qadir and Ghulam Sarwar, were executed in Bahawalpur for murdering two relatives, prison officials said.

Double murder convict Muhammad Ashraf was hanged in Attock, two men were executed in Multan, and the eighth was also hanged in Bahawalpur, the officials said.

Pakistan ended its six-year moratorium on executions after Taliban militants massacred more than 150 people — mostly children — at a school in Peshawar last December.

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