Pakistan

LAHORE (Staff Report) – Eight more death row prisoners were executed in various jails across the Punjab province on Wednesday morning.


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Attock: Double murder convict Muhammad Safdar and condemned prisoners Aftab and his father Usman were hanged in Attock jail. The father and son had killed a man in 1998 over a monetary dispute. Mohammad Safdar had murdered two people over a petty issue in 2003.

Jhang: A man who had killed a school teacher was hanged to death.

Multan: Nayyar Abbas was executed in Multan Central Jail. He had killed a man in 1996 over a personal feud.

Sargodha: A death row prisoner Mohammad Nawaz was executed for killing his relative over a land dispute almost 13 years earlier.

Gujrat: Another condemned prisoner, Gulfam, was sent to gallows at Gujrat district jail. He was convicted for killing a man in 2001. The convicts were executed after their mercy pleas were rejected.

Earlier, authorities on Monday resumed executions following a one-month break during Ramazan.

Over 180 people have been executed since December when the country ended a six-year moratorium on the death penalty following a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people — mostly children — in the country’s deadliest ever terror attack.

Among those currently on death row are murder convict Shafqat Hussain who is scheduled to be hanged on Aug 4 in Karachi.

His case has drawn international criticism because his family and lawyers say he was under 18 at the time of the killing and claim he was tortured into confessing.

Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted their appeals.