Death row prisoner executed in Bahawalpur jail

April 14, 2015

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Death row prisoner Luna Khan, son of Allah Rakha, was convicted over the murder of his brother-in-law. — DawnNews screengrab
Death row prisoner Luna Khan, son of Allah Rakha, was convicted over the murder of his brother-in-law. — DawnNews screengrab

BAHAWALPUR: A condemned prisoner was executed at the New Central Jail in Bahawalpur on Tuesday morning.

Death row prisoner, Luna Khan, son of Allah Rakha, of village Talhar, tehsil Hasilpur, was convicted over the murder of his brother-in-law.

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The convict's execution had earlier been suspended on March 25 on the orders of Bahawalpur district and sessions judge Rana Masood Akhtar who had informed jail authorities that a compromise between the convicts and the aggrieved parties was expected.

The latest execution comes a little over a month after Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases. Initially, executions were resumed only in cases relating to terrorism offences in the wake of a Taliban massacre at Peshawar's Army Public School that killed over 150 people, most of them children.

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The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been calling on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on capital punishment.