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Killer of former Punjab CM, five other death row prisoners executed

Zaman alias Zamani, the killer of former chief minister of Punjab Ghulam Hyder Wayne was executed in Multan Central Jail in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Ghulam Hyder Wayne was killed in an attack in September 1993 during his election campaign.

A court awarded death sentence to the culprit. His death warrants issued by the trial court after rejection of the mercy plea by the President.

The death convict was executed this morning in Multan Central Jail.

AFP reports: Pakistan on Thursday hanged six people convicted of murder in Punjab province, the third day in a row it has carried out a batch of executions and bringing the total toll since December to more than 240.

The hangings come as Pakistan’s controversial lifting of a moratorium on executions last year is under growing scrutiny.

The executions took place in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab on Thursday.

“Two brothers convicted for murder were executed in Dera Ghazi Khan, two convicts were hanged in Adiala while one prisoner was hanged in the prisons of Multan and Lahore,” an official of the Punjab prisons department told AFP.

The executions were confirmed by officials of the respective prisons.

Pakistan ended the six-year moratorium after Taliban militants massacred more than 150 people — mostly children — at a school in Peshawar last December.

Supporters argue that the death penalty is the only effective way to deal with the scourge of militancy in the country.

But critics say the legal system is unjust, with rampant police torture, poor representation for victims and unfair trials.

On Tuesday Pakistan executed eight people, and on Wednesday five, all in central Punjab province.



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