— File Photo.
— File Photo.

KARACHI: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the president and the prime minister to extend the informal moratorium on execution of death row prisoners after a presidential order suspending hangings expired on June 30.

According to a press release, the HRCP expressed concern over the non-renewal of the presidential order. The commission said that with at least 8,000 death row prisoners in the country’sjails and thousands more charged with or being tried for death penalty offences, never have more lives been at risk of being snuffed out by the state in Pakistan.

The statement of the HRCP added: “We wish to point out that not one of the pressing reasons for HRCP’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in Pakistan have changed in any way since the government decided to put in place an informal moratorium on executions in late 2008.”

It further pointed out that deficiencies in law, the administration of justice, the police investigation process and widespread corruption meant that capital punishment allowed for a high chance of unjust sentences – which is even more unacceptable when the punishment is irreversible.

The HRCP statement concluded that the death penalty had not improved the law and order situation in the country, and that research in several countries supported this conclusion. It requested President Asif Ali Zardari to immediately issue an order extending the suspension of execution.

In its letter to the prime minister, HRCP said that if the new government had decided to reverse the decision on suspending executions it must consider the numerous and pressing reasons for HRCP’s opposition to the capital punishment in Pakistan.

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Jul 01, 2013 07:20pm

so what about the paid assasins and terrorists. so you will defend their executions as well. and what about the ones who have been proved beyond any doubt about rape and murder.

this HRCP crap must be put aside and let justice be handed down to the agrieved families. it is the way of punishment in Islam and it has proven its deterence in countries where it is implemented in letter and spirit.compare the crime rates of singapore,saudi arabia,uae,china population wise,it will be proven that justice handed down in time is the best solution to contain the animal instincts of human being.

Jul 01, 2013 07:42pm

Well, perhaps one reason why it hasn't had a deterrent effect is that prisoners on death row don't actually get executed but rather end up serving long prison sentences. Granted that there are a great many cases where the death sentence has been wrongly served and mostly against the poor and oppressed but what about hardened criminals, rapists and terrorists who have been rightly convicted? The government should hasten the carrying out of the sentences for these convicts instead of letting them leech the tax payer's money.

Jul 01, 2013 07:55pm

Unfortunately HRCP is also a reason in increase of terrorism in this unfortunate country if a terrorist have the luxury of not being executed for his heinous crimes then how would you stop others not to follow their foot step

Jul 01, 2013 08:51pm

Killers must be killed, period.

Jul 01, 2013 09:03pm

HRCP you are not living in Europe....Renew death penalty NOW to save Pakistan. What is required is clean justice and fair trial before conviction. Killers are waiting for justice!!!!

Jul 02, 2013 06:16am

Why??? criminals who murder hundreds shouldn't get same fate once.