source: The Independent
published: 8 June 2016
The number of people executed in Pakistan since it resumed hangings just 18 months ago is feared to have passed the 400 marker.
The government has ignored international appeals to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty, which was removed following a Taliban terror attack that saw 130 children massacred at a school in Peshawar in 2014.
Pakistan has since become one of the most prolific users of the death penalty in the world, executing 404 people so far according to research by Reprieve.
The human rights organisation warned that the figure could be higher as not all executions may be recorded.
Maya Foa, director of its death penalty team, said: “That Pakistan has gone from a non-executing state to executing over 400 people in little over 18 months is truly shocking.
“The Pakistani Government seems indifferent to the plight of the many prisoners who should not even be on death row – those arrested as children, or suffering from severe physical or mental illnesses.