LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Thursday expressed distress over reports that in spite of an informal cessation of executions, a murder convict was scheduled to be hanged on September 18 at Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. The HRCP has urged the government to reside the hanging and announce a formal suspension on executions.
The last execution of a civilian death row prisoner in the country had taken place in late 2008. Executions have since been suspended. In a statement HRCP stated, “The HRCP calls upon the government to immediately halt this and any other executions that might be under consideration and make the informal suspension of executions formal without further delay.
We also urge the president to favourably consider mercy petitions and convert capital punishment to life imprisonment.”