Murderer of six executed in Multan

Updated August 27, 2015

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MULTAN: A death row prisoner, convicted of killing at least six persons, was hanged to death in Multan's Central Jail on Thursday.

Condemned inmate Maqbool Hussain was sentenced to death by a sessions court after he was found guilty of murdering six people in 1996, allegedly to avenge the murder of his own brothers.

Hussain's mercy petitions had been rejected by higher courts and President Mamnoon Hussain before his hanging.

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 execution of convicted prisoners had been suspended for a month by the federal government prior to the commencement of Ramazan. However, hangings resumed after Eidul Fitr.

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.