ISLAMABAD: Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of death penalty implementations. But there is an important fact also to be noted that a large number of hanged persons did not executed from militants and terrorists. The vast majority was from the killers who murdered people from other reasons. Some of them were had been living in prison for 20 years or above. Pakistan lifted a moratorium on executions in late 2014 as a measure to deter militancy, after a Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 134 students and 19 adults.
Of the 351 executions that followed, only 39, or about 1 in 10, involved people linked to a known militant group or guilty of crimes linked to militancy, Reprieve, an international human rights group, and Justice Project Pakistan said in a report.
Pakistan now ranks after China and Iran, carrying out 324 hangings in 2015 alone, the report showed.
“The numbers show that the Pakistan governmentÂ´s claims do not match reality,” said Maya Foa, director of the death penalty team at Reprieve.
“Those going to the gallows are too often the poor and vulnerable,” she said in a statement.
“It is hard to see how hanging people like this will make Pakistan safer.”
The hangings have drawn condemnation from international partners but have been broadly popular at home.