Pak climbs up ‘ Executioners list' in World
Pakistan has executed 465 prisoners since 2014, becoming the "first nation to achieve double digits growth " in the world, according to an organisation working for prisoners' rights. The rate has climbed up sharply after operation Zarb E Ajb and Radd ul Fasad.
The use of death penalty has failed to curb crime, including terrorism, but it is exceedingly used as a political tool, sometimes even as a jail overcrowding solution, Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) has claimed in a report.
It is a high number of the executions that made Pakistan ‘fifth most prolific executioner’ in the world, following China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
A data analysis by the organisation showed a total of 465 prisoners have been executed during the last two-and-a-half- years since the country lifted moratorium on executions.
The report said that the Pakistani government justifies lifting of the moratorium by claiming it is necessary to deter terrorist threat to the country.
The government is mostly hanging terrorists through military courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and through anti- terrorism courts in Sindh.
The maximum number of executions were carried out in the eastern Punjab province which accounts for 83 percent of the total executions, and 89 percent of total death sentences.
JPP Executive Director Sarah Belal said:
Pakistan’s troubling and continued use of the death penalty has continuously fallen short of meeting its international human rights commitments and fair trial standards, as well as our own domestic laws.
IN A 'GOODWILL GESTURE', INDIA TO RELEASE 11 PAKISTANI CIVIL PRISONERS TODAY. WILL PAKISTAN RECIPROCATE
Days after PM Narendra Modi's casual meeting with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif, India will on Monday release 11 civil prisoners in what officials described as a 'goodwill gesture'.
Pakistan had sought the release of these prisoners as they had all served their sentence. This is the first such gesture from Indian authorities since alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was served death sentence by a Pakistan military court in April this year.
The release is significant as it also comes days after Modi's "exchange of greetings" with Sharif in Astana on the margins of the SCO summit. According to official sources, since it was the first occasion when the 2 leaders came across each other after Sharif's operation, PM enquired about his health. He also enquired about Sharif's mother and family.
Indian officials said the release of prisoners was a humanitarian issue and should not be linked with further downturn in ties over Jadhav. The government hopes that Islamabad too will facilitate the release of Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails.
According to the government, there are 132 Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails, out of which 57 have already served their jail term. Pakistan says that India has to confirm their nationality before it releases them.
OPINION : Now it's Pakistan turn to show the same spirit and give councellar acces to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Big blow to Kangaroo Courts of Pakistan
An ex-ISI official has admitted that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured in Iran, puncturing Pakistan claims its security forces arrested
Jadhav on its own soil.
An ex-ISI official and a retired Lieutenant General Amjad Shoaib - has admitted that the ex-Indian Navy officer was captured in Iran and sold by Taliban to ISI. It now remains to be seen if India chooses to quote Shoaib at the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) next hearing. In a breather for India, the ICJ had on May 18 stayed the execution of 46-year-old Jadhav, who was sentenced to death last month by a Pakistan military court that convicted him of alleged spying and subversive activities.
Kulbhushan Jadhav has been in Pakistan's custody for more than a year. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested the Indian national from its restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after he reportedly entered from Iran. However, latest revealation by ex ISI operative has vindicated India’ s stand.
COAS SIGNS DEATH WARRANTS OF 30 TERRORISTS
RAWALPINDI: COAS Qamar Jawed Bajwa confirmed death sentences of 30 terrorists, including the those involved in APS attack , the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.The COAS signed the execution orders (black warrants) of the terrorists on 20 April.
The death sentences were given to the terrorists in military courts, and the trial process was expedited during ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. The terrorists carried out terrorist attacks, murder of civilians, and were also involved in APS school attack, which killed 144 students and staff members.
Some of the terrorists had involvement in attacks which resulted in the death of FC personnel, adding that they also had a part in Saidu Sharif airport attack.
However, the military courts due to vested reasons did not press on the execution of the convicts. Out of 161 militants sentenced to death, only 12 convicts have been executed so far.
Several verdicts of the military courts have been challenged in superior courts also, leading to a total chaos in the judicial system of Pakistan.
On Monday, April 10, Pakistan Army, in a press release informed that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the so called 'R&AW' agent, had been sentenced to death, by a military court called Field General Court Martial. Pakistan Army Chief confirmed the death sentence after Kulbhushan supposedly confessed that he has been tasked by Research and Analysis Wing, to plan, coordinate and organise espionage and sabotage activities in Pakistan. Some question have arisen:-
Does Pakistan Field Army Court Martial have the jurisdiction to try a foreign national?
Why couldn’t he be tried in a civil court?
If Kulbhusan was indeed an agent running terrorist network, then where are his accomplices or other evidence? Not even a needle has been found in his possession.
As per Express Tribune Pak military Courts have tried 3400 Anti Nationals so far.