Pakistan lifts ban on executions in non-terrorist cases

Pakistan has resumed executions for all offenders convicted of capital offences. Politicians say the move is needed to rein in militant attacks, but rights groups have blasted the change in policy.

Pakistan announced Tuesday it has lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, reversing an earlier policy that only convicted terrorists be put to death.

“The government has lifted the moratorium on the death penalty,” a senior interior ministry official told news agency AFP. “The interior ministry has directed the provincial home departments to expedite the executions of all condemned prisoners whose mercy petitions have been rejected by the president.”
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