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Another Five Convicts Hanged

by AFP
Yoav Lemmer—AFP

Yoav Lemmer—AFP

Latest executions occurred in Gujrat, Faisalabad and Dera Ghazi Khan.

Pakistan on Wednesday executed five people convicted of murder in Punjab province, bringing the total number executed since it controversially lifted a moratorium on the death penalty to more than 235 since December.

The latest hangings came a day after authorities executed eight people, also all accused of murder.

The fresh executions took place in three cities: Gujrat, Faisalabad and Dera Ghazi Khan.

“Three murder convicts were executed in Gujrat’s District Jail early on Wednesday. One convicted killer was sent to the gallows in Dera Ghazi Khan central jail and another in Faisalabad,” said Chaudhry Arshad Saeed, an adviser to the Punjab chief minister for prisons’ affairs.

Pakistan ended its six-year moratorium on executions after Taliban militants massacred more than 150 people at a school in Peshawar last December.

Supporters argue that the death penalty is the only effective way to deal with the scourge of militancy in the country. But critics say the legal system is unjust, with rampant police torture, poor representation for victims and unfair trials.

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