PAKISTAN: PRESIDENT TURNED DOWN 513 MERCY PETITIONS OVER LAST FIVE YEARS
April 15, 2016: The Pakistani president rejected as many as 513 mercy petitions of condemned prisoners over the last five years, an Interior Ministry document revealed.
The Interior Ministry, in a written response to a question raised by Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Sirajul Haq, said that all mercy petitions sent to the president during the time period were rejected.
Only 38 mercy petitions of condemned prisoners who were awarded a death sentence are pending with the Interior Ministry, of which 13 cases are under submission to the President Secretariat for decision, the document said.
âAppeals of these condemned prisoners have already been rejected by higher courts,â the Interior Ministry said. (Sources: pakistantoday.com.pk, 16/04/2016)