February 13, 2015
by Emelina Perez
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 ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four death row convicts who were sentenced for their involvement in a 2002 Rawalpindi suicide attack that killed 19 people. After being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004, the convicts filed an intro-court appeal. Counsel argued that there ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision was rendered in response to a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of whom were children. The ...[read more]
November 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for opposition leader and former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri in connection with protests in September. Thousands of protesters led by the two leaders marched in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad demanding ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Islamabad court on Monday ordered police to register a first information report (FIR) against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other cabinet members for killings of protesters on August 31 in Islamabad's Red Zone. The FIR comes as a response to the political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) ...[read more]
October 3, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The government of Pakistan decided on Thursday not to reinstate the death penalty. There had been a moratorium on the death penalty since 2008, but the ban ended on June 30. More than 8,000 prisoners are on death row, and two militants were scheduled to be executed in August. Prime Minister Nawaz ...[read more]
September 4, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday that Pakistan's anti-terrorism laws will be amended to more effectively combat the threat of terrorism. The statements come after increased violence in the city of Karachi. Sharif presided over security meetings discussing how to improve Pakistan' ...[read more]
June 25, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Monday that the government plans to put Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason. Sharif did not officially declare that the government was filing charges, stating that the federal government would first consult with other political parties "so that the ...[read more]
June 9, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed the Pakistan Foreign Office to contact US Ambassador Richard Hogland to criticize US drone strikes. Sharif's comments came hours after a drone strike in North Waziristan killed several people. Sharif, who was sworn into office two days ...[read more]
April 8, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday ordered former Pakistani president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf to remain in the country until he has responded to allegations of treason. The allegations stem from Musharraf's 1999 military overthrow of democratically-elected prime minister Nawaz ...[read more]

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