PAKISTAN: TWO MURDER CONVICTS, INCLUDING A JUVENILE OFFENDER, EXECUTED IN PUNJAB
September 29, 2015: At least two murder convicts, including a juvenile offender, were executed in Punjab.
Ansar Iqbal was hanged in Sargodha District Jail for murdering a neighbour named Safdar in Bhalwal city in 1994. Iqbal had said he was 15 when he was arrested. The victim's family said Iqbal killed the man over an argument at a cricket match but Iqbal said police framed him by planting two guns at his house.
Pakistani law does not allow the execution of someone arrested as a juvenile. The court did not examine Iqbalâs school records and birth certificate which give his age at 14 and 15 respectively, saying the documents were submitted too late.
Another murder convict, Muhammad Anwar, was hanged in Gujranwala Central Jail. He was convicted of murdering his wife and daughter over domestic dispute in 2002.
Since the de facto ban on capital punishment ended on 17 December 2014, at least 242 people, including twenty-five convicted terrorists, have been executed across the country. (Sources: 92 News/Reuters/Hands off Cain, 29/09/2015)