PAKISTAN: EUROPE CONDEMNS DECISION TO RESUME EXECUTIONS
December 24, 2014: the European Union Mission in Islamabad discouraged Pakistan‚Äôs decision to resume executions in the wake of the country‚Äôs bloodiest-ever terror attack.
The EU mission declared its disagreement and said in a statement it stood by Pakistan in its grief but remained opposed to capital punishment in all circumstances.
"We believe that the death penalty is not an effective tool in the fight against terrorism," it said.
"The EU Delegation regrets the decision of the Government of Pakistan to lift the moratorium on executions ... (and) We hope that the moratorium will be re-established at the earliest."
EU officials indicated last year that if Pakistan resumed executions, it could jeopardise a highly prized trade deal with the bloc. (Sources: AFP, 24/12/2014)