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BBC’s new Game of Thrones style show is so graphic that viewers are shaken

NEWS DESK: The BBC clearly wants a horse in the race to become the successor to Game of Thrones. The broadcaster’s new primetime drama, Gunpowder, has been sending shock waves through its viewership thanks to its graphic scenes of torture and execution, airing only minutes after the watershed on Saturday night, reported The Independent. The…

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October 24, 2017


Death penalty has no place in the 21st century : UN chief

UNITED NATIONS:The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday, calling on all countries ,which have not forbidden the extreme practice, to urgently stop executions. “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century,” Guterres said, while speaking alongside Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for…

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October 11, 2017


Intl courts cannot halt executions in countries where death sentences are allowed: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said international court cannot halt executions in those countries where capital punishments are allowed, Samaa reported. Speaking to media, Aziz said that Pakistan decided to go to International Court of Justice (ICJ) for Kulbhushan Jadhav case after thorough consultation. “Issuing stay…

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May 21, 2017


Saudi executes four convicted of murder

RIYADH: Saudi authorities executed four citizens on Sunday convicted of killing six members of their tribe, the interior ministry said. The killings took place due to a land dispute among members of the Quthami tribe, the ministry said in a statement on the official SPA news agency. The four, including three brothers, were executed in…

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July 24, 2016


Saudi executions exceed 100 this year

RIYADH: Saudi authorities on Friday executed a man for murder, the interior ministry said, bringing to 101 the number of people put to death this year in the kingdom. Fahad Abdulhadi al-Dusari was found guilty of shooting dead fellow Saudi Mubarak bin Mohammed al-Dusari following a dispute, the ministry said in statement carried by the…

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July 23, 2016


Two convicted killers hanged in Haripur, Multan

MULTAN/HARIPUR: As many as two death row convicts have been hanged separately in jails of Multan and Haripur in Thursday’s wee hours. Meantime, hanging of another convicted killer has been reprieved. A death house inmate was sent to gallows in Multan’s central jail for killing a man over enmity. Another condemned killer breathed his last…

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April 14, 2016


‘No effect’ from break with Iran on Syria, Yemen: KSA

UNITED NATIONS: Saudi Arabia’s decision to break off relations with Iran should have no impact on peace efforts in Syria and Yemen, Riyadh’s envoy to the United Nations said Monday. “From our side, it should have no effect because we will continue to work very hard to support the peace efforts in Syria and Yemen,”…

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January 5, 2016


Nine convicted killers hanged in Punjab jails

LAHORE: At least nine death row prisoners have been hanged at the gallows in different jails of Punjab in Tuesday’s wee hours. The hanging of two convicts has been staved off owing to reprieve deal between the parties, SAMAA said on Tuesday. In Faisalabad’s central jail, two convicted killers were hanged till their death at…

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October 20, 2015


Six killers sent to gallows in Punjab jails

MULTAN /RAWALPINDI/ LAHORE: As many as six death row prisoners have been hanged in different cities of Punjab in Thursday’s wee hours. Zaman, the convicted kiler of former Punjab Chief Minister Ghulam Haider Wyne has been executed early this morning in Multan’s Central Jail. The murderer, in collusion with his accessories, gunned down the former…

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October 15, 2015


Five killers hanged in Punjab jails

LAHORE: As many as five death row prisoners have been hanged at the gallows at separate jails in different Punjab cities in Wednesday’s wee hours. Three death house inmates were executed in Gujrat’s District Jail early today. The prisoners include Shafeeq Ahmed, Suleman and Younis Shah. It should be mentioned here that Shafeeq and Suleman…

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October 14, 2015


Saudi carries out 130th execution this year

RIYADH: Saudi authorities put to death a convicted murderer on Thursday, bringing to 130 the number of executions in the kingdom so far this year, according to an AFP tally. Saudi citizen Mashari al-Shammari was found guilty of killing fellow tribesman Sufouq al-Shammari in a frenzied attack with a gun, a dagger and a stick,…

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September 3, 2015


Convicted killer executed in Sahiwal

SAHIWAL: Another death row prisoner has been hanged till death in Sahiwal’s Central Jail in Tuesday’s wee hours. The convict, Muhammed Ashraf, breathed his last at the gallows for assassinating a man, Shehzad Fareed, in 1994 over a trivial issue. Finding him guilty on the murder count, the local judge awarded him death penalty in…

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September 1, 2015


Convicted killer executed in Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA: A convicted prisoner has been hanged till death in Gujranwala’s Central jail in Wednesday’s wee hours. The convict, Amjad Ali, killed his friend, Khalil Ahmed, in July 5 1998 in Kasur in the limit of Rasool Nagar police station over a nominal exchange of heated words. District and Sessions judge Kasur issued his death…

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August 19, 2015


SC ruling paves way for execution of militants

ISLAMABAD: Following Supreme Court’s judgment upholding establishment of military courts in the country, stay on execution of six hardcore militants is vacated, Samaa reported Wednesday. The apex court had ordered the stay of execution of six militants convicted by military courts in April this year, Minister of State for Law Ashtar Ausaf Ali told media…

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August 5, 2015


Five killers meet their fate in Rawalpindi, Lahore

LAHORE: As many as five death row prisoners have been hanged till death in jails of Lahore and Rawalpindi in Friday’s wee hours. According to officials at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, three death house inmates—Nadeem Shehzad, Samar Jan and Muhammed Riaz—were hanged at the gallows early this morning. Nadeem Shehzad and Samar Jan killed a…

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July 31, 2015


UN says Pakistan must stop executions

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Wednesday urged Pakistan to reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty, condemning a recent surge in executions. The plea came as the number of people executed in Pakistan rose to 182 since a moratorium was lifted in December last year, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner…

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July 29, 2015


Pakistan resumes executions with two hangings

MULTAN: Pakistan on Sunday morning resumed executions after an almost a month-long break by hanging two convicted murderers in Multan Central Jail, officials said. “Frooq Babar and Karim Nawaz were condemned to death by a court of law for homicides perpetrated in 1988 and 1999 respectively. They were hanged at dawn after we have received their death…

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July 27, 2015


PM orders suspension of executions during Ramazan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed that execution of death sentences, scheduled during the month of Ramazan, may be temporarily suspended to observe the sanctity of the holy month. Directions in this regard have been issued to the Ministry of Interior and provincial governments for ensuring implementation. Chairman Senate, Raza Rabbani had also…

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June 18, 2015


Pakistan imposes one month moratorium on executions: official

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has imposed a one month moratorium on executions during Ramadan, officials said Sunday, providing temporary reprieve for a death row prisoner whose lawyers claim he was a juvenile at the time of the crime. On Wednesday, Pakistan hanged one man allegedly tortured into confessing to murder as a minor — despite international condemnation…

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June 14, 2015


France condemns Indonesia executions

PARIS: France on Wednesday condemned the executions in Indonesia of seven foreign drug convicts and said it remained concerned about the fate of a Frenchman also on death row in the Asian country. The government “reiterates its opposition to the death sentence, in all cases and all circumstances,” said French foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal….

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April 28, 2015


U.N. chief appeals to Indonesia not to carry out executions

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Indonesia on Saturday not to execute 10 prisoners, including two Australians, for drug-related crimes. Indonesia has so far informed seven of the 10 death row inmates, including the Australians and one Nigerian, that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as…

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April 25, 2015