Tags: Al-Qaida | pakistan | terrorism

Pakistan Temporarily Halts State Executions

Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 08:12 AM

 

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's government has halted all state executions temporarily, just a week ahead of the planned hangings of several al-Qaida-linked militants.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed said Sunday that the executions were halted until Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Asif Ali Zardari held talks. The minister says Sharif will see Zardari when the latter returns from a trip abroad.

In 2012, Pakistan carried out its first execution since 2008. The previous government had put in place a moratorium on executions.

Some convicts, including members of an al-Qaida linked Pakistani Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, were scheduled to be hanged next week.

Amnesty International has said Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process, and could now be facing execution.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

UK's Top Bali Diplomat Suspended after Prisoner Affair Claim

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 09:23 AM

Britain's senior diplomat in Bali has been suspended, the Foreign Office confirmed Sunday, after a report of an affair w . . .

Thousands of Hong Kongers March for Democracy

Sunday, 01 Feb 2015 09:05 AM

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass  . . .

Japan Outraged as Video Purportedly Shows Hostage Beheaded

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 23:05 PM

Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved