The last execution in Pakistan was in November 2008, soon after the end of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf's military rule, said Farooq Nazeer, chief of prisons in Punjab.—Reuters (File Photo)

PARIS: France on Thursday condemned the hanging of a Pakistani soldier convicted of murder and called for the country to renew its moratorium on executions and work towards abolishing the death penalty.

“This decision constitutes a step backwards in Pakistan’s move towards greater respect for human rights,” French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot told reporters.

Mohammad Hussain, condemned to death by a court martial in 2008 for killing a superior over a personal dispute, was hanged Thursday at Mianwali jail in the country’s first execution in four years, officials said.

Pakistan has had an unofficial moratorium on executions in recent years, with President Asif Ali Zardari regularly issuing stay orders for condemned prisoners.

Farooq Nazeer, chief of prisons in the central province of Punjab, said the hanging was not a civilian execution and the government did not intervene in military cases.

He said the last execution in Pakistan was in November 2008, soon after the end of military rule.

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gujjar USA
November 15, 2012 10:14 pm
France should tell this to the USA first 2012 Month State Inmate November 8 PA Hubert Michael - Stayed 15 TX Preston Hughes December 4 OK George Ochoa 5 AZ Richard Stokley 11 FL Manuel Pardo 11 IN Roy Ward - Stay likely 12 TX Rigoberto Avila - Changed to 4/10/2013
November 15, 2012 1:05 pm
France should tell this to the Tallibans first.
November 15, 2012 10:39 pm
...or the Americans....
Gulshan Barkat
November 15, 2012 2:26 pm
Pakistan government should have intervened to save the life. There should be moratorium on death penalty. Life is given by God and He only has right to take it back.
November 15, 2012 7:04 pm
France should first abandon the restriction on Scarf for muslim women instead of interfering in Pak. internal matters.
November 15, 2012 2:15 pm
How this is a story heading for a Pakistani news paper? Would newspapers in France put similar headings if Pakistan condemns anything that happens in France. They will just ignore Pakistan. Pakistani news papers should think what they print. Their audience are mostly Pakistanis not Europeans.
Mrs Afia
November 15, 2012 4:15 pm
Did france ever condemned any execution in USA? What a hypocrite and typical European double standards!
Pro truth
November 15, 2012 2:00 pm
No France should tell its ally USA first! Its ok in Uncle Sams land but forbidden elsewhere!
November 16, 2012 4:00 am
I wonder why Asif Zardari is so keen on issuing stay orders for criminals to be punished.
November 15, 2012 3:12 pm
Taliban are forgiven and released why not this soldier given life imprisonment rather than hanging.
November 15, 2012 3:04 pm
They should mind their own business too.
November 15, 2012 2:53 pm
Every country should mind their own business. don't interfere in Pakistan's internal affairs. where was france when people are and were being hanged and given lethal injections all over the world.
November 15, 2012 1:33 pm
France should tell the same to Israel to stop killing defenseless people.
November 17, 2012 1:24 am
They are already allowed to wear what ever they want !!!
November 17, 2012 1:26 am
It goes both ways Zain.
November 15, 2012 2:27 pm
France needs to mind its own business - capital punishement is still practised (rightly or wrongly) by many countries including some States in the USA, and its a country's internal judicial matter. Nothing of international significance.
November 15, 2012 3:00 pm
What is their problem? Now they don't want us to punish criminals because it's 'against human rights'? Why the 'war against terrorism' then?
Kip Km
November 15, 2012 3:01 pm
......the kettle calling the pot black
Owais Ahmed
November 15, 2012 6:11 pm
What has the Taliban got to do with this execution.
Muhammad Farooq
November 15, 2012 4:40 pm
Why should France interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan. There is no doubt that tooth for tooth eye for eye is the best way of dealing with those who have committed the crime. But justice should not be selective - one for the military, another for the civilians - precisely the reason why justice is called blind.
November 15, 2012 1:30 pm
this is unique country hanged its p.m. who gave, interalia, 1973 consitution - who knows who is next..............
November 15, 2012 1:29 pm
France has a habit of unnecessarily interfering in other countries affairs. They want to go back to the colonial days and act as the moral police.
AbdulQadeer Muhammad
November 15, 2012 1:26 pm
france never ask united states
November 15, 2012 3:39 pm
Yes, Pakistan should have asked France for paying for the imprisonment costs of a murderer because Pakistan does not collect enough taxes (from its elites and businesses) to pay for such life long expenses of public funds, as if Pakistan has any available for those peacefully living in poverty.
November 15, 2012 2:36 pm
France is right, it is time to end such acts.
Iqbal Hussain
November 15, 2012 3:41 pm
They should mind their own business instead of interfering others.
November 15, 2012 3:42 pm
Human rights also calls for respect for other religions. human rights also calls for freedom to wear anything(Hijab). human rights also calls for tolrence for other faiths and their way of life. I don't find that in FRANCE. All i can find is FRANCE love for nudity, homosexuality, anti-Islam policies, support for murderers who them selves do not respect other human lives. i hope this trend of executions inccreases to include talibans, murderers and kidnappers
November 15, 2012 5:05 pm
v true. n they should teach us the human rights. a killer of innocent should be hanged,, in all circumstances
November 16, 2012 10:59 am
LOL by that logic Muslim countries should allow foreigners to wear western clothes in their countries.
November 16, 2012 6:40 pm
all of u not understand the France comment by lakshmanan india
akil akhtar
November 16, 2012 1:06 am
France the most anti muslim nation should try and treat their 6 million muslims as equal first before giving lectures to others. Also they should take up the capital punisment case with US first, I doubt they would. They are known as cowards in europe after how they capitulated in world war 2.
ali khan
November 16, 2012 5:11 am
no actually France should tell this to USA first
November 16, 2012 1:02 pm
Treat minorites with respect than talk of a Country like France.
November 16, 2012 10:37 am
"respect for other religions. human rights also calls for freedom to wear anything(Hijab). human rights also calls for tolerance for other faiths and their way of life." really..... and where do you live ?
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