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Three death row convicts executed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan executed three death row convicts in its Punjab province early Saturday morning, ARY News reported.

Three death row convicts met their end in Lahore, Sahiwal and Multan cities of Punjab province over charges of murder.

A double murder convict Irfan alias Rashid was hanged till death in Lahore city’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. Irfan murdered two citizens namely Imtiaz and Khalid back in 2012.

Sahiwal Central Jail witnessed the hanging of Wazir Ahmed alias Wazira. Wazir killed a man named Azam over a domestic dispute.

Another murder convict Abdul Ghaffar was sent to the gallows in Multan Central Jail for killing a man back in 1996.

On the other hand, Faisalabad District Jail saw the hanging of one convict deferred at the eleventh hour. The murder convict Saleem was pardoned by the family of victim.

Pakistan lifted the moratorium on death penalty on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked Army Public School in Peshawar and killed 134 students and 19 adults.

The moratorium, in force since 2008, was initially lifted only in terrorism cases. But the government extended the order in March, directing provincial governments to proceed with hangings for all death row prisoners who have exhausted their appeals and clemency petitions.

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