Pakistan brings back death penalty after attack

2014-12-17 11:03
(Wakil Kohsar, AFP)

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Islamabad - Pakistan is to end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror-related cases, the prime minister's office announced on Wednesday, a day after Taliban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

The assault on the army-run school in the north-western city of Peshawar, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history, has triggered widespread revulsion.

Political and military leaders have vowed to wipe out the homegrown Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands of ordinary Pakistanis in recent years.

"The prime minister has approved abolishment of moratorium on the execution of death penalty in terrorism-related cases," an official from Sharif's office said.

Hanging remains on the Pakistani statute book and judges continue to pass the death sentence, but a de facto moratorium on civilian executions has been in place since 2008.

Only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by a court martial and hanged in November 2012.

Rights campaign group Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8 000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process.

Read more on:    taliban  |  nawaz sharif  |  pakistan  |  security

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