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Pakistan executions count reaches 200 since Dec 2014, with four more hanged today

LAHORE: Four death row prisoners hanged at Punjab’s Gujranwala and Mianwali jails on Wednesday morning, taking total number of executions to 200, ARY News reported.

Three condemned prisoners Amanullah, Mohammad Mumtaz and Riaz were hanged to death at Mianwali Central Jail this morning.

The death row prisoners had killed three persons over a minor dispute in year 2006.

The execution of another prisoner Karim Nawaz was deferred due to his appeal against the sentence pending in the Supreme Court.

A condemned prisoner, Waqar, was sent to gallows in Central Jail Gujranwala. He was convicted for the 2002 murder of five people, including three children and a woman.

The execution of another death row prisoner, Anwar Ali, was suspended in Gujranwala after an agreement reached with the complainant party. A court had awarded him death sentence over double murder in 2002.

Total number of hangings has reached to 200 after Pakistan lifted a moratorium on executions in December 2014. The executions were resumed after a terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, which claimed 150 lives, most of the victims were children.

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.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on executions.

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