Dawn News

Zardari delays death sentence of seven prisoners

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ISLAMABAD: On the directives of the President Asif Ali Zardari, death sentence of seven prisoners has been stopped in Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail, Dawnnews reported.

The seven prisoners, who were to face death penalty in few days, had requested for presidential pardon, Deputy Superintendent Adiala jail said.

The jail administration received a letter from the President House on Monday to stop the death sentence of the seven prisoners for three months.

Two months earlier, Sindh Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Prisons, Ayaz Soomro had stated that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would not execute the death penalty against any prisoner in the jails of the province.

“No convict of death sentence will be hanged until the PPP government is in office up to March, 2013,” he had asserted.

According to Amnesty International, Currently 58 nations actively practice capital punishment, and 97 countries have abolished it (the remainder have not used it for 10 years or allow it only in exceptional circumstances such as wartime.

Comments (5) Closed

Sep 10, 2012 07:25pm
Empathy again !
Sep 10, 2012 04:54pm
Capital punishment must be abolished because it has failed to control the crime rate rather criminals should be awarded longer terms of imprisonment.because once the death sentence is executed , the punishment is over but to remain imprisoned is real hell.
salman hasan
Sep 12, 2012 06:12am
In the last they would be release .In this way you are increasing crime rates. see what happens in iran they hanged in public.
Sep 10, 2012 01:56pm
Thank You Very Much Mr. Zardar because you have to release Sarabjit Singh which you have done Promise with Mr. Krishna
Sep 10, 2012 02:27pm
it is a controversial issue. in my opinion and experience abolising death punishment works better where general the law has upper hand.