Govt to completely lift moratorium on death penalty

Published: March 7, 2015
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The interior ministry's order has allowed all provincial governments to execute those whose mercy petitions were rejected by the president. PHOTO: ONLINE

The interior ministry's order has allowed all provincial governments to execute those whose mercy petitions were rejected by the president. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Having partially lifted the moratorium on death penalty for those convicted on terror charges, it emerged this week that the government has also decided to lift the moratorium for those on death row for non-terror convictions.

According to a letter issued by the interior ministry’s joint secretary, sentences will be carried out in those instances where all legal avenues have been exhausted by the condemned. This would mean that nearly 1,000 prisoners on death row stand to be executed in the coming weeks.

“The execution of death sentences may be carried out strictly as per the law and only where all legal options and avenues have been exhausted and mercy petitions under Article 45 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan have been rejected by the president.”

The moratorium was partially lifted following the December 16 terrorist attack on the Army Public School, and sentences were carried out for those convicted in terror cases. So far, nearly two dozen convicts have been executed.

FIA arrests murder suspect with the assistance of interpol

In a separate development, the interior ministry said on Saturday that following instructions from Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Rizwan Habib.

Wanted in a murder case, Habib was apprehended from Ecuador with the assistance of Interpol after nearly eight months.

The accused has been convicted in a murder case in London and as per an agreement, he was due to serve his prison term in Pakistan.

The interior ministry’s official said that others accused in the same case had already been arrested from Pakistan and United Arab Emirates.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Ali S
    Mar 7, 2015 - 11:00PM

    It’s easy to laud such steps as a much-needed penalty for hardened criminals, but first we have to make sure our justice system is worth it. For example, does this mean that those who are accused of blasphemy will be executed with the same enthusiasm as convicted murderers?Recommend

  • Saleem
    Mar 7, 2015 - 11:13PM

    Those who kill other loose their right to live as well. There is no sense in keeping them alive at tax payers expenses. Let them go to gallows – after that is a choice they made themselves. And if any of their sympathizers wants to follow them then so be it.Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Mar 8, 2015 - 3:00PM

    @Saleem:
    Science is moving on, recommend you to read “Free Will” by Sam Harris. Recommend

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