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Seven More Executed in Pakistan

by AFP
Yoav Lemmer—AFP

Yoav Lemmer—AFP

Murder convicts hanged to death across Punjab province ahead of Ramzan moratorium.

Seven prisoners were hanged in Pakistan on Tuesday, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 160, officials said.

The seven executions took place in several cities across Punjab, including Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sialkot and Bahawalpur. All of those executed had been convicted of murder.

Executions in Pakistan resumed in December, ending a six-year moratorium, after Taliban militants gunned down 154 people, most of them children, at a school in the restive northwest.

Hangings were initially reinstated only for those convicted of terrorism offences, but in March they were extended to all capital offences.

The European Union, the United Nations and human rights campaigners have all urged Pakistan to reinstate the moratorium.

Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted their appeals.

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