The Death Penalty in Pakistan

Since lifting a long standing moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014, Pakistan has executed over 200 people.

Use our interactive map below to see the number of prisoners executed in different jails, since the lifting of the moratorium in 2014:

Abdul BasitAbdul Basit is 43 and was sentenced to death in 2009. In 2010, he contracted tubercular meningitis in prison, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. A Government-appointed medical board recently confirmed that Basit has no use of his lower limbs and is “bed bound with urinary and fecal incontinence.” Despite being unable to stand, and reliant on a wheelchair, a ‘Black Warrant’ has been issued for his execution. It is deeply disturbing that Pakistan’s authorities are trying to go ahead with this cruel and unnecessary executions. There is surely no justification for trying to hang a man with such severe disabilities.

Aftab Bahadur

Among those executed was Aftab Bahadur, who was hanged in June 2015, despite evidence of his innocence. In violation of international and Pakistani law, Aftab was sentenced to death when he was a child. Reprieve worked until the very last minute to save Aftab’s life, but the Lahore High Court dismissed our request for a stay of execution.

Shafqat HussainShafqat Hussain was also sentenced to death while still a child. He was brutally tortured for 9 days, and eventually ‘confessed’ to a crime, in order to end the abuse. The Pakistani authorities had tried to execute Shafqat in January and June 2015, but both times thousands of people joined with us to voice their opposition, and succeeded in stopping his execution.

In July 2015 Shafqat was issued with a new execution warrant. Yet again, thousands joined our campaign to email President Mamnoon Hussain, demanding a stay of execution. However, Shafqat was eventually hanged in the early hours of Thuesday 4th August 2015.

Reprieve aims to end the death penalty worldwide, by working on individual cases such as those of Aftab and Shafqat, and on wider projects. We are currently assisting more than 40 people facing the death penalty in 11 countries.

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