Report: (100 people sent to gallows since death penalty moratorium lifted)

ISLAMABAD: As many as 100 executions have occurred since a moratorium on executions was lifted in December 2014 in Pakistan, said Amnesty International in its report on Tuesday.

It said the country is gaining a reputation as one of the leading executioners in the world. It said the Amnesty International recorded the 100th execution in Pakistan on Tuesday, since a moratorium was lifted on December 17, 2014 in the wake of the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar.

Munit Hussain, sentenced to death for murder, was hanged in Punjab province on Tuesday morning. The report said that Pakistani authorities are showing total disregard for human life.

“Our concerns are heightened by manifestly unfair trials in many cases that fall well below minimum standards set by international law”, the amnesty International said. “This conveyor belt of killing will do nothing to address the root causes of crime and terrorism, and must end immediately,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.

He said, “Executions in Pakistan have picked up pace alarmingly in recent weeks, and are now an almost daily occurrence. If the government does not immediately re-impose a moratorium on executions, there is no telling how many more lives will be lost this year.”

“Serious crimes like murder and acts of terrorism are utterly reprehensible but killing people in the name of justice is not a particular deterrent. Those who carry out crimes must be prosecuted in fair trials, but without resort to the death penalty”, he added.

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