Pakistan PM Orders Inquiry Into Stay of Executions for Terrorists

Nawaz Sharif declares that no pardon should be shown to men convicted on terrorism charges

Baku. 23 December. REPORT.AZ/ The Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has instructed the country's Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to investigate why the executions of five convicted terrorists have been postponed, reports Pakistan's Ary News.

"There is no pardon for the murderers of innocent people," Sharif said, according to the news portal, which reports that the High Court in Lahore had earlier ordered the suspension of five men convicted of terrorism offenses until a response from Pakistan's federal government on January 12.

The men had been due to be executed on Monday in a jail in Lahore, after being condemned to death by a military court. Ary News says a court petition filed by relatives of the convicted stated that the five men did not have the right to appeal the verdict.

Report informs, Pakistan lifted its six year death penalty moratorium after the massacre of more than 140 people, including 132 children at a school in Peshawar on December 16 by the Taliban. According to Amnesty International, the Pakistani Interior Ministry has forwarded hundreds of mercy petitions to Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, and has plans to execute more than 500 people in "the coming weeks," Pakistani government officials told AFP. Amnesty warned that many Pakistan's trials do not meet international standards for fair trials.

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