23 Jan 2018/Monday: Unlawful use of death penalty by Pakistan Army and State. In Pakistan hanging, stoning and other outlandish sentences such as death by mutilation caused by incisions and acid were the adapted methods of execution which the Pakistan Army and Judiciary used to exercise in open until a moratorium on executions was imposed in 2008. However, the APS tragedy in Peshawar in 2014, which left 140 innocent children dead, re-invoked the reintroduction of this ghastly punishment. As per defence.pk bringing the country’s annual rate of executions to the highest point in its history making it the third most prolific executioner in the world.
For a red faced Pakistan Army and a failed state machinery this was the laziest, easiest and most inhuman way of show of power to the guilty and the not guilty. This move was strongly condemned by the United Nations and human rights campaigners who said it would do little to impede the Taliban. And as is seen the rampage of death sentences since 2014 has done nothing to deter the criminals in Pakistan. It is foolish to think that a a suicide bomber will be deterred by the death penalty, however to implicate a defaulter and hang him till death is a cowardly way of dealing with the issue.
Pakistan’s big brother China and North Korea are believed to be among the world’s top executioners. However, specific figures are difficult to obtain because they are concealed by the authorities. Together, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan accounted for 87 percent of all recorded worldwide executions.
As per gulf news, Pakistani military courts have heard 274 cases on national security and have awarded death sentences to 161 terrorists until Dec 2016. Sixty (60) convicts are hung by now and another 250 more awarded death sentences until Jan this year. That is more than what Gen(R) Raheel Sharif sentenced in three (03) years.
Since the lifting of the moratorium, 400+ executions have been carried out. This means that an average of 06 executions have been carried out every week since the death penalty was reinstated, with the highest number of executions taking place in the province of Punjab. Whilst there is no confirmed figure for Pakistan’s total death row population, reports suggest 10,000 prisoners remain at risk of imminent execution.
A press release issued by the JPP on Saturday said that in as many as 88 per cent of ‘terrorism’ cases, there was no link to a terrorist organisation or anything that could be reasonably defined as terrorism.
The question is when Pakistan’s Constitution exempts military law and laws for the discipline of police and security forces from constitutional provisions protecting the individual’s right to life how is General Qamar Bajwa on a death sentencing spree. Article 185 specifically addresses appeals to the Supreme Court in cases involving a death sentence. Under Article 227 of the Constitution, Islamic law impacts the rights of Muslims in Pakistan, and under Article 203, the Federal Shari’at Court can determine the applicability of Islamic law in certain death-eligible cases. However, in Pakistan nothing is above Pakistan Army and constitution is just a framework to suit their designs and tamper with as when need be.
“Pakistan’s justice system is ridden with deficiencies and abuses of authority,” says Sarah Belal, director at rights group Justice Project Pakistan. “Police routinely coerce defendants into confessing, often by torture, and courts admit and rely upon such evidence.”
“They would tie my hands and feet together and run a thick wooden stick between them under my belly and suspend me like that and hit me on my feet. They even beat me with a chittar. I have scars on my wrists from the handcuffs and arm from the cigarette burns. They pulled out three of my fingernails and I was in excruciating pain. They even electrocuted me, through urination. I was tortured so severely and continuously that my mind ‘just stopped.’ They could make you say a deer was an elephant.”
Is it a money minting racket run by Pakistan Army?
Are these convicts permitted a legal course to prove not guilty?
For all this and more stay glued to COLD BLOODED MURDERS : UNLAWFUL DEATH PENALTY IN PAKISTAN (PART II) coming soon.