Pakistan

Pakistan executes five prisoners: officials

MULTAN: Pakistan on Wednesday hanged at least five more men for murder, an official said, bringing the total number of people executed in 24 hours to 14.

The latest executions took place in jails of Lahore, Bahawalpur, Toba Tek Singh, Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan districts 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.

The hangings brought the tally of executions to more than 250 since the Pakistan ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty in December, after Taliban militants gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at Army Public School in Peshawar.

Hangings were initially reinstated only for those convicted of terrorism, but in March they were extended to all capital offences.

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