Four condemned prisoners hanged in Punjab jails

Updated March 31, 2015

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A hangman's noose could be seen in this picture. — AFP/File
A hangman's noose could be seen in this picture. — AFP/File

RAWALPINDI/SARGODHA: Four condemned prisoners were hanged in jails of Attock, Mianwali, Sargodha and Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

Sargodha Central Jail — established in 1910 — saw its first execution in 105 years when prisoner Mohammad Riaz, a resident of Khushab District, was hanged.

Riaz was convicted of killing a man in 2000 during a robbery. He was charged with death penalty by a Rawalpindi's anti-terrorism court.

He had been sentenced under the section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Two death row prisoners hanged in Attock, Rawalpindi

Prisoner Akram-ul-Haq, convicted for kidnapping a three-year-old girl, was hanged in Attock Jail, DawnNews reported.

Separate cases of kidnapping for ransom and terrorism were registered against Haq in police station of Fateh Jang — tehsil headquarters of Attock District.

Read: Nawaz removes moratorium on death penalty

Meanwhile, prisoner Mohammad Ameen, convicted for killing a person on personal enmity, was also hanged in Central Jail Rawalpindi — also known as Adiala Jail.

Another execution in Mialwali

Death row prisoner Hubdar Shah was hanged till death in Mianwali Central Jail early on Tuesday. The convict was awarded the death sentence for killing two persons in 2000.

Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.

Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.

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