Eight convicts hanged in Pakistan’s Punjab

Islamabad, Oct 13 (IANS) At least eight convicted prisoners were hanged in a Pakistani province on Tuesday for murder, officials said, bringing the total number of people executed since the death penalty moratorium was lifted to more than 230 since December.

According to Dunya News, the executions took place in four cities in Punjab province, 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 claimed the lives of more than 150 people, mostly school children, on December 16, 2014.

The UN, the EU, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.

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