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UN rights experts urge Pakistan to halt postponed execution of juvenile offender
March 22, 2015
Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he was sentenced to d....... [more]

Pakistan man sentenced to death for blasphemy
March 20, 2015
A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or destroy re....... [more]

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped US find bin Laden killed
March 18, 2015
The former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday after facing death threats for the representation of his ex-client. Lawyer Samiullah Kahn Afridi was shot while returning to his Peshawar home. Two Pakistan militant groups, Taliban faction Teh....... [more]

Pakistan authorities execute 12 after six-year moratorium lifted
March 17, 2015
Pakistani authorities hanged 12 men on Tuesday, the largest number of people executed in a single day following the preliminary removal of the country's moratorium on executions in December. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry stated the men were terrorists, murderers or guilty of heinous crime....... [more]

Pakistan reorders detention of alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks
March 15, 2015
Pakistan authorities on Saturday reordered the detention of Zakiur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, one day after a court in Pakistan ordered his release. Lakhvi is one of seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with connection to the attacks, which killed 166 people an....... [more]

Pakistan lifts 6-year death penalty moratorium
March 10, 2015
The Pakistan Ministry of Interior on Tuesday lifted the country's moratorium on the death penalty, permitting hangings for those prisoners who have exhausted all possible appeals. The stay on capital punishment was initially partially lifted in December in response to a school attack that took 145 l....... [more]

Pakistan court upholds death sentence for blasphemy killing
March 9, 2015
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the man convicted of assassinating the liberal governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for his opposition against the nation's blasphemy law. The governor, in his opposition, was expressing his....... [more]

Former Bangladesh lawmaker sentenced to life for war crimes
February 24, 2015
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled t....... [more]

Pakistan authorites arrest school massacre suspect
February 23, 2015
The Pakistani military on Monday arrested Taj Muhamad, a man believed to be one of the militants who carried out the deadly Peshawar School Massacre last December. Taj Muhamad is believed to have been the commander of one of the units that attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, leavi....... [more]

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death
February 18, 2015
The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Wednesday convicted and sentenced Islamist leader Abdus Subhan to death. Subhan, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) political party, was charged and convicted of of mass killing, looting and arson during during the 1971 War of Liberation against....... [more]

Amnesty slams 'disturbing and dangerous' escalation of death penalty in Pakistan
February 13, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) said Friday that use of the death penalty in Pakistan is undergoing a "disturbing and dangerous" escalation after the execution of two men convicted of non-terrorism offenses. Muhammad Riaz and Muhammad Fiaz were executed Friday for the murder of the son of the Supreme Cou....... [more]




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