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    PHC stops execution of TTP terrorist

    PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday stayed the execution of an alleged terrorist who was to be hanged in an internment centre in Kohat today.

    A division bench comprising Chief Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Roohul Amin Khan suspended the sentence and stopped the hanging of Said Akbar till May 11. He had been awarded death sentence by a military court on terrorism charges. Said Akbar was an active member of the outlawed militant group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and hailed from the Swat district.

    As per the statement of the military's public affairs wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), issued on July 14 last year, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) had confirmed the death sentence of 12 hardcore terrorists, including the convict Said Akbar.

    The ISPR noted that Said Akbar, son of Liber Khan, was an active member of TTP. “He was involved in attacking armed forces of Pakistan, which resulted in injuries and death of soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives. He admitted his offenses before the magistrate and trial court. He was tried on two charges and awarded death sentence,” the statement said.

    Liber Khan, father of the convict, had challenged the death sentence awarded to his son by the military court and his execution in the PHC through his lawyer Muhammad Arif Jan. The lawyer submitted before the bench that the convict’s father claimed the security forces during an operation took Said Akbar into custody in 2009 and since then he was untraceable.

    The lawyer explained that the convict was shifted to the interment centre at Paitham in Swat district and his relatives then held two meetings with him in 2016. However, he submitted that an in-charge of internment centre in Kohat had informed the family members about the death sentence of the detainee. He had asked all his family members to meet him on May 3 as he was to be hanged on May 4.

    The Federation through the Ministry of Interior, Defence Ministry, Pakistan Army through Chief of Army Staff, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government through secretary Home and in-charge internment centre Kohat were made parties to the petition. It was claimed in the review petition that the petitioner and his other relatives approached the respondents several times for release of the detenue and provision of the record, if any, of his guilt, but no document was provided.

    It was claimed that the death sentence to the son of the petitioner was illegal and unconstitutional as no opportunity of self-defence was given to the convict. The trial was termed against the provision of Article 10-A of the Constitution.

    It was stated in the petition that the convict's case had not been dealt with in accordance with the law as the procedural law like Criminal Procedure Code was not followed.

    "The code stated that the trial should be started from the framing of charge subject to the provision of certain documents, recording of evidence on the part of prosecution, cross-examination of the accused under section 342 CrPC and delivery of order and provision of its copy to the accused, but in the present case all these are missing which clearly shows the malafide of the respondents," the petition argued.

    The petitioner prayed the court to stop and suspend the death sentence till a final decision in the petition.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/202...-TTP-terrorist
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    Four more terrorists tried in military courts executed

    RAWALPINDI: Another 4 hardcore terrorists, who were tried by the Military Courts were executed on Wednesday, Inter Services Public Relations here said.

    Those terrorists executed were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement
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    Detail of each case is as: Barkat Ali S/O Abdul Ghafar. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in the killing of a civilian and was also in possession of fire-arms and explosives.
    The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

    Muhammad Adil S/O Muhammad Akbar Jan. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in kidnapping and slaughtering soldiers of Frontier Constabulary and destruction of Police Station. He was also in possession of fire- arms and explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

    Ishaq S/O Abdul Hai. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement Agency which resulted in the death of a Junior Commissioned Officer and injuries to a police constable. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

    Latif Ur Rehman S/O Saif Ur Rehman. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was involved in kidnapping/ killing personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies and attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan which resulted in the death of soldiers. The convict was also in possession of fire-arms and explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

    http://pakobserver.net/four-terroris...urts-executed/
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    Christian Mother Asia Bibi's Death Sentence Appeal Delayed Again by Pakistan Supreme Court

    Asia Bibi, the Christian mother imprisoned on death row in Pakistan, will have her appeal hearing delayed yet again after the nation's Supreme Court rejected a request for her case to be heard in early June.

    Saiful Malook, Bibi's attorney, told the Pakistani news outlet The Express Tribune that Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar declined his client's request for an early hearing. As previously reported, Nisar, a Muslim lawyer, had submitted the request in mid-April for Bibi's case to be heard in the first week of June.

    "I have been informed that the plea was declined by the CJP," Malook told the Tribune.

    Bibi, who is also known as Aasiya Noreen and could become the first woman in Pakistan to be executed over a blasphemy allegation, has spent nearly eight years in prison after local Muslim women accused her of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The women got angry because she drank from the same water bowl as them.

    As blasphemy, in some instances, in Pakistan is punishable by death or life in prison, Bibi was sentenced to death in November 2010 even though she maintained her innocence.

    "This is very unfortunate. Her husband became quiet when he heard the latest developments. We shall again apply for the hearing and keep struggling for justice," Joseph Nadeem, executive director of the Renaissance Education Foundation, told the Asia-based Catholic news outlet ucanews.com. "There are many factors at work behind the slow pace of judiciary. Her case has been in the doldrums due to huge pressure. There will be a strong reaction if Bibi is freed, opposing groups have made it a matter of honor and ego."

    Initially, Bibi appealed her death sentence to the Lahore High Court but her hearing was delayed at least seven times before her appeal was heard in October 2014 and her sentencing was upheld.

    Last summer, there was optimism that Bibi might finally have her appeal heard by the Pakistan Supreme Court. It was reported that Nisar had ordered Bibi's appeal to be heard in the second week of October 2016.

    However, the hearing was postponed. According to the American Center for Law and Justice, the hearing was delayed after Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman was recused from the case because he was the chief justice on the Islamabad High Court when that court upheld the conviction of the Muslim bodyguard who assassinated Punjab Gov. Salmaan Taseer in 2011. Gov Taseer had spoken out in defense of Bibi and against the nation's blasphemy laws.

    Since Pakistan instituted blasphemy laws in the 1980s, the laws have been used by Muslims to settle personal scores and target Christians and other religious minorities. Bibi is not the only Christian to have been victimized by the blasphemy laws.

    Last October, it was reported that a 9-year-old Christian boy was accused of burning the Quran. The boy and his mother were later arrested and claimed they were beaten and tortured by police.

    "Such atrocities have become routine. The plight of Bibi has had a dampening effect on minorities. Their grief cannot be addressed because of religious retrogressive and extremist groups. Islamists consider her freedom a defeat for their movement," Christian lawyer Naeem Shakir told ucanews.com.

    Pakistan currently ranks as the fourth worst country in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians, according to Open Doors USA's 2017 World Watch List.

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/ch...-court-182342/
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    SC acquits death row inmate after 12 years in jail

    ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Monday acquitted a death row inmate after he languished 12 long years behind the bars.

    A three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa heard the appeal of convict against death sentence handed down to him by a trial court on charges of murdering three women.

    The convict, Basharat Ali, was booked in a case of murdering three women in Sialkot in 2005. A trial court had handed down death sentence to Ali which was also upheld by the Lahore High Court.

    The convict challenged the rejection of his appeal against the sentence by the LHC in the Supreme Court. Counsel of the convict Siddique Baloch pointed out contradictions in the prosecution case, saying that prosecution says the incident happened at 10am while the witnesses said it happened at 10pm.

    The court, after hearing arguments of the accused’s counsel, acquitted him for lack of evidence and contradictions in the statements of witnesses. Justice Khosa reprimanded the prosecution saying that the prosecution neither does its job properly not it has the courage to tell the truth.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/207...-years-in-jail
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    Pakistan executes 465 people since lifting of death penalty ban

    Lahore (IANS) - At least 465 persons have been executed in Pakistan since the country lifted the ban on death penalty in December 2014, said a non-government organisation working for prisoners' rights. Such a high number of executions has made Pakistan the "fifth most prolific executioner" in the world, following China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Dawn online cited a data analysis by Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) as showing.

    The analysis said the use of death penalty has failed to curb crime, including terrorism. The death penalty is exceedingly being used as a political tool, sometimes even as a jail overcrowding solution.

    Punjab province, which accounts for 83 per cent of the executions and 89 per cent death sentences in Pakistan, has witnessed only a 9.7 per cent drop in murder rate between 2015 and 2016. Sindh province has, however, registered a drop of nearly 25 per cent in the same time period. The province carried out only 18 executions compared to 382 in Punjab.

    The analysis said murder rate in Pakistan was already on the decline before the moratorium was lifted, casting even more doubt on the already dubious relationship between the death penalty and crime reduction.

    Yearly trends of executions showed that anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) accounted for only 16 per cent of the executions.

    The JPP said the government sought to justify lifting of the moratorium for all 27 death-eligible crimes by claiming that it was necessary to deter terrorist threat to Pakistan. But the data said the government was mostly hanging terrorists through military courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and through ATCs in Sindh.

    The research claimed that people are executed in Pakistan to make room in the overcrowded prisons. Currently, 25 of the 27 prisons in the province are significantly over-capacity and the highest number of executions take place in the most overcrowded prisons.

    The JPP in a statement said that Pakistan was heading for its first UN review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on July 11 that obligated it to uphold and respect the right to life for all citizens. It said Pakistan's return to an executing state has been taken up in the list of issues framed by the Human Rights Council committee. JPP Executive Director Sarah Belal said Pakistan's troubling and continued use of the death penalty had continuously fallen short of meeting its international human rights commitments and fair trial standards, as well as the country's own domestic laws.

    http://www.sify.com/news/pakistan-ex...ahahjecig.html

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    Pakistan: Death penalty by hanging challenged in high court

    A prisoner on death row has challenged the implementation of death penalty by hanging in the Peshawar High Court seeking the introduction of a less painful mode of execution in accordance with modern scientific developments.

    Kept at the Haripur Central Prison, Jan Bahadur filed the petition requesting the high court to declare the mode of hanging to death un-Islamic and unconstitutional insisting it is painful and against human values.

    He said Section 368 of the Code of Criminal Procedure stated, "When any person is sentenced to death, the sentence shall direct that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead."

    The petitioner requested the court to issue orders for ending the execution of death row prisoners by hanging declaring it cruel, painful, un-Islamic and inhuman.

    He added that the court should issue directives for the adoption of the mode of execution, which was not painful.

    Jan Bahadur, whose lawyer is Mohammad Khursheed Khan, said he was sentenced to death by an additional district and sessions judge on Apr 7, 2000, in Takht Bhai in connection with a 1993 murder case.

    He added that the judgment was upheld by the high court in 2002 and by the Supreme Court afterwards.

    The petitioner said his review petition and clemency petition were also rejected.

    The respondents in the petition are the provincial home secretary, superintendent of Haripur Central Prison, provincial law secretary, secretary to the Council of Islamic Ideology and Mardan district and sessions judge.

    The petitioner said there were 9 modes of carrying out death penalties, including death by through firing squad, gas chamber and electric chair, by hanging, shooting in the head, lethal injection, beheading, stoning and pushing from unspecified height.

    The petitioner claimed that in the past, in all the states of USA the mode of execution was through hanging.

    He added that the use of electric chair was devised, which was considered less painful.

    The petitioner however said in 1921, the State of Nevada introduced gas chamber for carrying out death penalty.

    He said in over 30 US states, the mode of execution is now through lethal injection, which was considered more humane and less painful.

    The petitioner said that through that mode 3 injections are administered to a death row prisoner, the 1st injection turned a prisoner unconscious, the 2nd made his body paralysed and the 3rd stopped his heart from functioning.

    He claimed that prisoners were executed through firing squad in 28 countries, whereas prisoners were killed by shooting in their heads in 22 countries.

    The petitioner claimed that some western researchers had declared death by hanging atrocious for different reasons.

    He added that the colonial rulers had introduced death by hanging through the CrPC in 1898 and after the creation of Pakistan, the same mode was adopted.

    https://deathpenaltynews.blogspot.co...label/Pakistan

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