MIANWALI: Four murder convicts have been hanged across several jails in Punjab early Thursday morning, Express News reported.
In Mianwali Central Jail, Abdul Sattar Khan was hanged for a murder he committed in 1992. Security was beefed up prior to his execution. Sattar was able to meet his relatives prior to the hanging.
In Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, three others involved in murder cases were hanged.
Many on death row have been hanged over the past few weeks after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty, late last year.
Nine murder convicts were hanged across the country on March 18 while another 12 were sent to the gallows on March 17.
The government has stayed executions of target killer and MQM activist Saulat Mirza and ‘underage’ convict Shafqat Hussain who were scheduled to be hanged on Thursday (today).
In a late night development, Mirza confessed that he Karachi Electric Supply Corporation Managing Director Shahid Hamid on MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s orders on July 5, 1997 in Karachi.
Meanwhile, ‘underage’ Shafqat’s execution was stayed after his family shared ‘a birth certificate’ which confirmed that Shafqat was juvenille when condemned to death by an anti-terrorism court.