Pakistan: first execution in four years scheduled for Saturday must be urgently commuted
Posted: 27 June 2012
The death sentence of Behram Khan, a Pakistan national, who is scheduled for execution in Karachi this Saturday must be urgently commuted Amnesty International said today. It would be the first execution in the country for four years. Khan was sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court on 23 June 2003 for the murder of lawyer Mohammad Ashraf.
Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director, said:
Catherine Baber said:
“Not often does a man on death row for twenty years – more than a life term under Pakistan law – find himself walking free. President Ali Zardari’s decision to commute the death sentence of Sarabjit Singh, whose case was highly politicised, is a welcome strike against the inhumanity of the death penalty.
“Both Pakistan and the Indian authorities should commute all death sentences and introduce an official moratorium on executions as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty.”
Over 8,300 prisoners are currently under sentence of death in Pakistan.