Supporters say that the death penalty is the only effective way to deal with the scourge of militancy in the country
Four inmates convicted for murder were hanged Wednesday in jails across Punjab, bringing the total number of executions to over 250 since it lifted a moratorium on the death penalty last December.
The latest executions took place in Lahore, Toba Tek Singh, Dera Ghazi Khan and Bahawalpur in Punjab province, according to Express News.
Capital punishment: Nine convicts hanged across province
Munir was handed the death penalty in 2003 and was hanged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Kamranul Zaman, meanwhile, was hanged in Toba Tek Singh District jail for the murder of Muhammad Iqbal in 2001.
Murder convict Fayyaz was handed the death penalty in 1997 after killing his to-be son-in-law a few hours before the wedding and was hanged in Bahawalpur’s New Central jail.
Death penalty: Murder convict hanged
Meanwhile, in Dera Ghazi Khan, murder convict Saif was hanged for murdering his wife and two others in 1996 in the name of honour.
Following the lifting of the moratorium on capital punishment last year, supporters say that the death penalty is the only effective way to deal with the scourge of militancy in the country. However, critics argue the legal system is unjust, with rampant police torture, poor representation for victims and unfair trials.