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HRW exhorts Pakistan to reverse lifting of moratorium on death penalty

08:42 PM | 12 Mar, 2015
HRW exhorts Pakistan to reverse lifting of moratorium on death penalty
NEW YORK (Web Desk) - The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has suggested that the Pakistani government reverse the lifting of the moratorium on death penalty for capital crimes and move towards complete abolition of the capital punishment, according to a report by the HRW.

The government went ahead with the decision to lift the moratorium completely on March 10, 2015.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had partially lifted the moratorium in the wake of the Taliban attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in December last year.

He also called for the implementation of a nation-wide security plan ─ the National Action Plan ─ to crack down on insurgency and sensitive militant elements across Pakistan. As of this morning, 25 convicts have been put to death since the lifting of the moratorium on Dec 17, 2014.

Phelim Kine, Deputy Asia Director HRW said, “The Pakistani government’s ill-conceived decision to completely abandon its death penalty moratorium puts thousands of lives at risk."

“Government approval of a potential nationwide execution spree is a knee-jerk reaction to a terrible crime rather than a considered response to legitimate security concerns.”

There are currently more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in Pakistan facing execution for both, terrorism and capital offenses including murder, rape, treason and blasphemy.

The HRW’s concerns may not be completely unfounded as some prisoners on death row belong to marginalised groups, and may not be able to secure a fair trial for themselves.

“Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances because of its inherent cruelty. Pakistan’s use of the death penalty is inconsistent with international human rights law, according to statements of United Nations human rights experts and various UN bodies.

Human rights law upholds every human being’s ‘inherent right to life’ and limits the death penalty to ‘the most serious crimes,’ typically crimes resulting in death.

Pakistan should join with the many countries already committed to the UN General Assembly’s December 18, 2007 resolution calling for a moratorium on executions and a move by UN member countries toward abolition of the death penalty.”

Mr. Kine believes that Pakistan’s government should recognise the well-documented failure of the death penalty as a crime deterrent and join the growing number of countries that have abolished capital punishment.

“The government should treat the death penalty for what it is: a cruel and irrevocable punishment rather than a policy solution to complex crime and security problems,” he said.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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