Revenge! Pakistan To Execute 500 Militants Following School Massacre
After the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases. “Interior ministry has finalized the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming weeks,” a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity. A second official confirmed the information.
Not everyone is pleased by the decision. Capital punishment has not been widely used in Pakistan and some believe it’s reintroduction at this time is a mistake.
Adding to an outcry by rights groups, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on Monday called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty. “The crime rate, historically, is not lowered by the imposition of capital punishment,” he said, calling the resumption of executions “very unfortunate”. Pakistan began its de facto moratorium on civilian executions in 2008, but hanging remains on the statute books and judges continue to pass death sentences. Before Friday’s resumption, only one person had been executed since 2008 — a soldier convicted by a court-martial and hanged in November 2012.[su_csky_ad]