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The synthetic painkiller fentanyl has been the driving force behind the nation’s opioid epidemic, killing tens of thousands of Americans last year in overdoses. Now two states want to use the drug’s powerful properties for a new purpose: to execute prisoners on death row.
As Nevada and Nebraska push for the country’s first fentanyl-assisted executions, doctors and death penalty opponents are fighting those plans. They have warned that such an untested use of fentanyl could lead to painful, botched executions, comparing the use of it and other new drugs proposed for lethal injection to human experimentation.
States are increasingly pressed for ways to carry out the death penalty because of problems obtaining the drugs they long have used, primarily because pharmaceutical companies are refusing to supply their drugs for executions.
The situation has led states such as Florida, Ohio and Oklahoma to turn to novel drug combinations for executions. Mississippi legalized nitrogen gas this s…

Pakistan convict executed, another gets a lifeline

A murder convict was hanged at the district jail on Tuesday morning. The execution of another convict was put off on Tuesday after his family reached a settlement with the petitioners.

Jail authorities said Asghar Ali, a resident of Khushab, had murdered his brother, his brother's wife, and their 4 children over property in Noshera, Khushab, in 2007. 

They said a trial court had sentenced him to death. Later, Sargodha Sessions Judge Abdul Nasir had issued black warrants for Ali. 

The jail authorities handed over the body to Ali's family.

Separately, the execution of a murder convict was put off after the petitioner settled with the defendant. 

A Prisons spokesperson said a trial court had sentenced Haq Nawaz, son of Bakhsh, to death for murdering his mother-in-law Ejaz Bibi in a Kotwali City police precinct, Jhang, in March 2001.

Black warrants had been issued for Haq Nawaz's execution to be carried out on May 3 at Jhang District Jail. It was put off after the petitioner said they had settled with the defendant

Source: The Express Tribune, May 4, 2016

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