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Pak executes two more prisoners on death row


Karachi: Pakistan has reportedly hanged two more prisoners, taking the count of death row prisoners to be executed since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on death penalty to 19.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi activist Mohammad Saeed alias Maulvi and Zahid alias Zahidu were executed at Karachi Central Jail and Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore, respectively, on Wednesday morning, reported the Dawn.

An anti-terrorism court in Karachi had awarded death sentence to Saeed in April 2001 after declaring him guilty of shooting deputy superintendent of police (retd) Syed Sabir Hussain Shah and his young son Syed Abid Hussain Shah.

Zahid Hussain alias Zahidu was handed down death penalty in 2004 for killing a policeman in Multan in 2002.

The moratorium on death penalty, which has been in place since 2008, was lifted on December 17, 2014, a day after Taliban militants attacked Peshawar’s Army Public School and killed over 100 children.