Pakistan executes 4 more death-row convicts, four more in line

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Islamabad, Dec 21: After Pakistan lifted a ban on the death penalty following last week’s deadly Taliban attack on a, Army school in Peshawar, four more death-row convicts were executed on Sunday for their involvement in an attack on Pervez Musharraf.

According to reports, four more death-row convicts – Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Russian citizen Akhlaque Ahmed – were hanged at the district jail in Faisalabad in Punjab province, two days after two prisoners were hanged in the same jail.

The four death-row prisoners were shifted to the district jail under the security of army personnel because the lever used to open the trapdoor to carryout hangings was not available in the central jail in Faisalabad.

Prior to the hanging, family members of the prisoners were reportedly allowed to meet the convicts for the last time.

Security was tightened in the city to avoid any untoward incident. Additional contingents of security personnel were deployed while containers and barricades were placed on the routes leading to the district jail.

The reports say that preparations were also underway in Lahore for the execution of four death row prisoners in Kot Lakhpat Central Jail. The executions are expected to be carried out within the next 24-36 hours.

All routes leading to the jail were sealed with the deployment of military personnel and installation of cellphone jammers around the jail premises.

In Sukkur, authorities called in the relatives of two terrorists, belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi who had been sentenced to death 10 years ago in a sectarian killing case, to hold a final meeting on Monday.

An anti-terrorism court on Friday had issued death warrants for Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif, who had been sentenced to death for a sectarian killing in 2001. Both terrorists were arrested from Karachi and are to be executed on Tuesday.

Earlier on Friday, two former military men were executed in the Faisalabad district jail.

The hangings on Friday were the first death sentences carried out after the government ended a six-year moratorium on executions on Wednesday.

(With Agency Inputs)

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