Murder convict sent to the gallows in Lahore

Ahmed Khan was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering a person in 2008


Web Desk May 16, 2015
. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: A murder convict was  executed on Saturday in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, Express News reported.  

Ahmed Khan was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering a person in 2008.

Khan was sent to the gallows early morning today (May 16).

Read: Execution: Murder convict hanged to death

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a de facto moratorium on capital punishment on December 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 132 students and nine teachers. The slaughter put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the militant insurgency.

Read: 132 children killed in Peshawar school attack

Human rights groups say many convictions in Pakistan are highly unreliable. Its antiquated criminal justice system barely functions, torture has often been used to extract confessions and police are rarely trained in investigation, rights officials say.

There are more than 8,000 Pakistanis on death row currently.

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