Pakistan

Murder convict hanged in Haripur jail

HARIPUR: A death row prisoner, convicted of murder, was executed in Haripur central jail on Thursday morning, ARY News reported.

The execution of Imtiaz took place in Haripur jail for committing murder of a man over a dispute in year 2005.

The execution of another death row prisoner Humayun was stopped after the two sides struck a compromise, the jail superintendent said. Humayun had killed his father in year 2006.

The executions of two more convicts were also deferred in Gujrat and Faisalabad prisons, jail officials said.

In Gujrat death row prisoner Arshad reached to a compromise deal with the family of the victim, after which his execution was stopped.

In Faisalabad Central Jail, death row prisoner Nadeem alias Deema and the aggrieved family were agreed over a compromise, after which his execution was stopped. The convict had killed a man over a dispute 11 years ago.

Human rights group Amnesty International last week described Pakistan, with 326 hangings last year, as the world’s third most prolific country conducting executions after China and Iran.

Pakistan had ended a moratorium on the death penalty after Taliban attackers gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.

The country had initially reinstated hangings only for those convicted of terrorism, but later the decision was extended to all capital offences.

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