PAKISTAN: INTERIOR MINISTER ANNOUNCED THE SUSPENSION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
March 26, 2014: Pakistan has suspended the implementation of the death sentence for an indefinite period, the country's Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali told the Parliament.
âUntil the consultation between the President [Mamnoon Hussein], and Prime Minister [Nawaz Sharif] is completed, implementation on death sentence has been put on hold,â Nisar said.
The Government publicly denied any external pressure regarding the decision from the European Union, which has recently granted Pakistan a special trading status that allows Pakistan's exports, especially textiles, greater access to the EU's member States.
Currently, there are 7,164 people including 51 women, who have been condemned to death for rape, murder, terrorism, kidnap for ransom, child abduction, and other cases. (Sources: worldbulletin.net, 26/03/2014)