1,494 awarded death penalty during last three years
KARACHI: As many as 1,494 accused including 24 women were awarded death penalty in Pakistan during the last three years. Madadgaar, a joint project of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA) and Unicef said in a press release on Monday that 187 men and 10 women were hanged in 2003, 515 men and 5 women in 2004 and 752 men and 9 women in 2005. During the current year from January to September 395 accused were awarded death penalty in Pakistan. The provincial breakdown shows that among total 395 penalties, 281 alone were awarded in Punjab province, 71 in Sindh, 27 in Balochistan and 16 in NWFP. City-wise breakdown shows that 52 penalties were given in Gujranwala, 46 in Lahore, 28 in Faisalabad and 45 in Karachi. Among total recipients of death penalties 365 were guilty for murder, 13 for kidnapping for ransom, 17 for terrorism, 16 for dacoity and four were involved in smuggling, Hudood and child sexual abuse crimes.
Source: The News