Pakistan

Three more death row prisoners executed — raising tally since Dec 2014 to 188

RAWALPINDI: Three murder convicts were hanged to death in Adiala Jail of Rawalpindi and Sargodha district jail on Thursday morning, ARY News reported.

With fresh executions the number of prisoners hanged to death in Pakistani jails,  has reached to 188.

A recent survey report said that the majority of the convicts hanged till now after December 16 terrorist attack last year were convicted under charges other than terrorism. All three death row prisoners hanged this evening were convicted over killing charges.

A murder convict Tariq was hanged to death in Sargodha district jail in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Tariq had murdered a man 15 years ago in year 2000 after a verbal spat.

A death row convict Jahandad Khan executed in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail this morning. A court had awarded death sentence to him over murder of a man in year 2002.

Another murder convict Arshad was also awarded capital punishment in Adiala Jail today for a murder in 2001.

Three convicts were executed after their appeals and mercy pleas were rejected.

After the holy month of Ramazan 12 death row prisoners have been hanged in this week. The number of executions in Pakistan have reached to 188 with 12 post Ramazan executions.

The hangings have been resumed in Pakistan after a moratorium of one month during the holy month of Ramazan.

Pakistan resumed executions as part of a counter-terrorism strategy after December 16 terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar last year, in which around 150 people, most of them children, were killed.

The United Nations and European Union have called the government of Pakistan to halt the executions. Amnestry International and other rights groups campaigning against capital punishment, have also criticized the government of Pakistan’s decision of resumption of hangings.

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