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Pakistan executes 9, including 4 brothers

Gallows at an unidentified Pakistani prison
Pakistan on a killing spree
Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty following a Taliban attack on a school that killed 150 people.

A Pakistani prison official says authorities have hanged nine convicts, including 4 brothers, the latest in a series of death sentences to be carried out since the country lifted a moratorium last year.

Tuesday’s executions bring the nationwide total to 255 since December, when Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty following a Taliban attack on a school that killed 150 people, mostly children.

Pakistan has presented the reinstatement of capital punishment as a response to years of militant violence, but human rights groups say the majority of those executed were convicted of criminal offenses.

Prison official Khurram Ijaj says those executed Tuesday include four brothers convicted of murder. None of the 9 were convicted of terrorism-related offenses.

Source: Indian Express, October 13, 2015

7 murder convicts hanged across Punjab

7 more death row convicts were hanged across the different cities of the country today, such as Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Sialkot and Attock.

7 more death convicts were hanged across 4 cities of Punjab province. In Gujranwala district jail, 2 brothers were hanged for murder. Convicts Aslam and Azam were involved in the murder of Aslam’s father-in-law. In Bahawalpur also, 2 brothers Ghulam Sarwar and Ghulam Qadir were also hanged for the murder of daughter and son-in-law.

Among those who were hanged also included a SHO who had killed his wife and father-in-law. Convict Muhammad Ashraf was hanged till he was dead for murdering a father and his son in Attock central jail. Murder convict Muhammad Akram was also hanged in Sialkot district jail whilst in Mandi Bahauddin, convict Niaz was forgiven by relatives of the slain hence he escaped the noose.

The moratorium on death penalty was suspended in Pakistan, following the deadly Peshawar Army Public School massacre, in which 150 children were slaughtered by terrorists belonging to the TTP. Following the debate, the Prime Minister suspended the moratorium on death penalties and important militants belonging to banned outfits were also hanged.

Source: arynews.tv, October 13, 2015

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