Pakistan hangs eight ahead of school attack anniversary

  • PTI
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2015 00:25 IST
Students and teachers hold candles during a rally in Lahore, Pakistan, December 15, 2015, to mark the first anniversary of a Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. (REUTERS)

Pakistan on Tuesday executed eight convicted murderers in different jails of its Punjab province, bringing the total number of executions to 310 since it lifted a moratorium on the death penalty following a terror attack on an army run school in December last year.

The hangings were carried out just a day before the first anniversary of the Peshawar school attack that left over 150 people, mostly students, dead and prompted the government to lift the six-year moratorium on the death penalty.

The latest executions were carried out in jails of Multan, Bahawalpur, Gujrat, Attock and Dera Ghazi Khan, according an official of the interior ministry.

“Two convicts each were hanged in Multan, Bahawalpur and Gujrat and one each in Dera Ghazi Khan and Attock,” said the official. “They were convicted for separate murders.”

Tuesday’s hangings takes the number of execution to 310 in less than one year — a shocking development for local and international human right activists.

Organisations like the UN, the EU, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have demanded Pakistan to stop the hangings. However, Pakistan rejected their demands, saying that it will help to deter militancy in the country. The rights activists reject the argument as over 90% hanged since restoration of moratorium were those convicted for murder and were not involved in terrorism.

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