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Pakistan suspends death penalty during Ramadan

Pakistan suspends death penalty during Ramadan

Nawaz Sharif ordered a pause to observe “the sanctity of the holy month”, which began in most parts of Pakistan on Friday.



By (AP)

Published: Fri 19 Jun 2015, 12:56 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Islamabad — Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked authorities to temporarily suspend the implementation of the death penalty during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

A statement released by Sharif’s office late Thursday says Sharif ordered a pause to observe “the sanctity of the holy month”, which began in most parts of Pakistan on Friday.

Sharif partially lifted Pakistan’s moratorium on executions in December specifically for terrorism-related cases following the Taleban attack on a school in the city of Peshawar that left 150 people dead. He later lifted it entirely and since then about 150 inmates have been hanged in Pakistan.

 


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