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Execution resumed: 200 convicts hanged in Pakistan since Dec 2014

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LAHORE: With the four death row prisoners hanged at Gujranwala and Mianwali jails on Wednesday morning, the total number of execution reaches to 200.

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These death row prisoners were charged with killing three persons over an ordinary issue in 2006.

A damned prisoner, Waqar, was sent to gallows in Gujranwala’s Central Jail after being convicted for the murder of five people that include three children and a woman in 2002. In another execution, the death row prisoner, Anwar Ali, was handed in Gujranwala after an agreement reached having the complainant party. A court had granted him death sentence for double murder in 2002.

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Now, the total number of convicts hanged in the country reached to 200 since Pakistan lifted a moratorium on executions in December last year in the wake of a brutal attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that claimed about 150 lives of, most of them were children.

Earlier, the execution of convicted prisoners had been suspended for a period of one month by the federal government prior to the beginning of holy month of Ramazan. However, executions resumed soon after the Holy month ended.

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

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