Pakistan

PM Nawaz Sharif meets President Mamnoon Hussain

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain discussed the mercy appeals of the death convicts, ARY News reported on Thursday.

The President and the Prime Minister also discussed the law and order situation of the country.

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali also met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the law and order situation in the country.

Nisar discussed the future line of action of the Interior Ministry and execution of the death penalties with the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Sharif also discussed the matters related to the parliamentary committee decided in the all parties conference held in Peshawar on Wednesday.

In the backdrop of deadly terrorist attack on the Army Public School Peshawar that claimed 144 lives most of them students, the prime minister lifted moratorium on the execution of death sentence in terrorism cases.

Hanging remains on the Pakistani statute books and judges continue to pass the death sentence, but a de facto moratorium on executions has been in place since 2008.

Rights campaign group Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process.

In June last year Sharif’s newly elected government removed the ban in a bid to crack down on criminals and militants.

But two weeks later it announced a further stay of executions after an outcry from rights groups and under the pressure of the European Union, which last year said that resumption of executions in Pakistan could jeopardise a highly prized trade deal with the bloc.

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