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Another Six Convicts Hanged in Punjab

by AFP
Yoav Lemmer—AFP

Yoav Lemmer—AFP

Over 240 people have been executed since December after latest hangings in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan.

Pakistan on Thursday hanged six people convicted of murder in Punjab province, the third day in a row it has carried out a batch of executions and bringing the total toll since December to more than 240.

The hangings come as Pakistan’s controversial lifting of a moratorium on executions last year is under growing scrutiny.

The executions took place in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan on Thursday.

“Two brothers convicted for murder were executed in Dera Ghazi Khan, two convicts were hanged in Adiala while one prisoner was hanged in the prisons of Multan and Lahore,” said an official of the Punjab prisons department.

The executions were confirmed by officials of the respective prisons.

Pakistan ended the six-year moratorium 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.

On Tuesday, Pakistan executed eight people, and on Wednesday five, all in central Punjab province.

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