PAKISTAN: TWO MORE DEATH ROW PRISONERS HANGED IN KARACHI AND LAHORE
January 15, 2015: two more terror convicts were hanged in Karachi and Lahore, bringing to 19 the total number of death sentences carried out since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on 17 December 2014, a day after the Taliban-perpetrated massacre at a military-run school in Peshawar in which 150 people, including 134 children, were killed.
Muhammad Saeed Awan, a member of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group which is linked to Al-Qaeda, was hanged at Karachi's Central Jail. He was awarded death sentence in April 2001 after being convicted of murdering Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Syed Sabir Hussain Shah and his son, Abid Hussain, in an ambush near the Malir City railway crossing in 2000.
Arif Zahid Hussain was hanged in Lahore‚Äôs Kot Lakhpat Jail. He was awarded death sentence by an anti-terrorism court in 2004 for attacking a police picket and killing two officials and injuring several others in Multan in August 2000.
Mercy appeals of both convicts had been rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain. They were given permission to see their relatives before they were hanged. (Sources: AFP/tribune.com.pk/breakingnewspak.com, 15/01/2015)