Pakistan has executed 465 prisoners since 2014, becoming the “first nation to achieve double digits growth ” in the world, according to an organisation working for prisoners’ rights. The rate has climbed up sharply after operation Zarb E Ajb and Radd ul Fasad.
The use of death penalty has failed to curb crime, including terrorism, but it is exceedingly used as a political tool, sometimes even as a jail overcrowding solution, Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) has claimed in a report.
It is a high number of the executions that made Pakistan ‘fifth most prolific executioner’ in the world, following China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
A data analysis by the organisation showed a total of 465 prisoners have been executed during the last two-and-a-half- years since the country lifted moratorium on executions.
The report said that the Pakistani government justifies lifting of the moratorium by claiming it is necessary to deter terrorist threat to the country.
The government is mostly hanging terrorists through military courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and through anti- terrorism courts in Sindh.
The maximum number of executions were carried out in the eastern Punjab province which accounts for 83 percent of the total executions, and 89 percent of total death sentences.
JPP Executive Director Sarah Belal said:
Pakistan’s troubling and continued use of the death penalty has continuously fallen short of meeting its international human rights commitments and fair trial standards, as well as our own domestic laws.