Nine murder convicts hanged in Pakistan

Islamabad, June 16 (IANS) Nine death row prisoners convicted of murder were hanged on Tuesday across Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Mukhtar, who was hanged in Lahore Central Jail, was sentenced to death for killing a man in 2014, Dawn online reported.

Two convicts, Allah Ditta and Younas, were hanged in Faisalabad Central Jail. Younus was sentenced for killed three people in 2000, while Ditta was sentenced for killing a woman in 1999.

Ashraf, who was accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl in 1999, was hanged in Gujranwala Central Jail. Basharat, jailed for the murder of three in 1999, was hanged in Sialkot District Jail.

Two murder convicts were hanged in Bahawalpur Jail.

One convict each were executed in Jhelum and Dera Ghazi Khan jails.

Pakistan has executed over 150 criminals over the past six months.

The moratorium on executions will be imposed during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif partially lifted the moratorium on the death penalty for executions linked to terrorism following the Decemnber 2014 Taliban attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School, leaving at least 50 convicts facing execution.

The moratorium was lifted completely on March 10.

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