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France condemns execution of soldier in Pakistan


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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 Nov 15, 2012 10:14pm
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
NASAH (USA) Nov 15, 2012 01:05pm
France should tell this to the Tallibans first.
Ash Nov 15, 2012 10:39pm
...or the Americans....
Gulshan Barkat Nov 15, 2012 02:26pm
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.
shami Nov 15, 2012 07:04pm
France should first abandon the restriction on Scarf for muslim women instead of interfering in Pak. internal matters.
Saeed Nov 15, 2012 02:15pm
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 Nov 15, 2012 04:15pm
Did france ever condemned any execution in USA? What a hypocrite and typical European double standards!
Pro truth Nov 15, 2012 02:00pm
No France should tell its ally USA first! Its ok in Uncle Sams land but forbidden elsewhere!
rashid Nov 16, 2012 04:00am
I wonder why Asif Zardari is so keen on issuing stay orders for criminals to be punished.
Pakistan Nov 15, 2012 03:12pm
Taliban are forgiven and released why not this soldier given life imprisonment rather than hanging.
Syed Nov 15, 2012 03:04pm
They should mind their own business too.
HNK Nov 15, 2012 02:53pm
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.
Tanvir Nov 15, 2012 01:33pm
France should tell the same to Israel to stop killing defenseless people.
Ahsen Nov 17, 2012 01:24am
They are already allowed to wear what ever they want !!!
Ahsen Nov 17, 2012 01:26am
It goes both ways Zain.
N Nov 15, 2012 02:27pm
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.
fbn2 Nov 15, 2012 03:00pm
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 Nov 15, 2012 03:01pm
......the kettle calling the pot black
Owais Ahmed Nov 15, 2012 06:11pm
What has the Taliban got to do with this execution.
Muhammad Farooq Nov 15, 2012 04:40pm
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.
himidik Nov 15, 2012 01:30pm
this is unique country hanged its p.m. who gave, interalia, 1973 consitution - who knows who is next..............
Saeed Nov 15, 2012 01:29pm
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 Nov 15, 2012 01:26pm
france never ask united states
Tanvir Nov 15, 2012 03:39pm
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.
own Nov 15, 2012 02:36pm
France is right, it is time to end such acts.
Iqbal Hussain Nov 15, 2012 03:41pm
They should mind their own business instead of interfering others.
janaan Nov 15, 2012 03:42pm
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
Salman Nov 15, 2012 05:05pm
v true. n they should teach us the human rights. a killer of innocent should be hanged,, in all circumstances
Moderator Nov 16, 2012 10:59am
LOL by that logic Muslim countries should allow foreigners to wear western clothes in their countries.
lakshmanan Nov 16, 2012 06:40pm
all of u not understand the France comment by lakshmanan india
akil akhtar Nov 16, 2012 01:06am
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 Nov 16, 2012 05:11am
no actually France should tell this to USA first
zain Nov 16, 2012 01:02pm
Treat minorites with respect than talk of a Country like France.
Neo Nov 16, 2012 10:37am
"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 ?