SC dismisses petition on stay of executions for death-row inmates

Petitioner had requested court to grant stay on execution of 8,000 death-row prisoners

Hasnaat Mailk/web Desk April 20, 2015
A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Saqib Nisar, hears the case in apex court today. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court dismissed on Monday a petition calling for a stay on the execution of death row convicts, Express News reported.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Saqib Nisar, heard the case pertaining to the petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah in the apex court today. The petitioner had requested the court to grant a stay on the execution of 8,000 death-row prisoners.

According to the bench, the matter did not fall under Article 184 of the Constitution.

On March 10, the interior ministry lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, after restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.

The interior ministry had directed provincial governments to proceed with hangings for prisoners who had exhausted all avenues of appeal and clemency, a senior interior ministry official told AFP.

Read: Govt lifts death penalty moratorium completely: officials

Pakistan has hanged convicts since resuming executions in December after Taliban militants gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in the restive northwest.


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