PAKISTAN: BAN KI-MOON URGED NAWAZ SHARIF TO HALT EXECUTIONS
|UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
December 25, 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Pakistan to end capital punishment and restore a moratorium on the death penalty the government lifted in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.
Ban spoke with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to express his condolences after the slaughter in the city of Peshawar that left 150 people dead, including 134 children.
However, "while fully recognizing the difficult circumstances, the secretary general urged the government of Pakistan to stop the executions of convicts and re-impose the moratorium on the death penalty," Ban's office said in a statement.
Sharif promised that "all legal norms would be respected," the statement added. (Sources: AFP, 27/12/2014)