LAHORE: Eight more death row prisoners sent to gallows in different prisons of Punjab on Tuesday, Aaj News reported.
Two persons, who were executed in Faisalabad’s Central jail, were convicted of murder. Younis murdered three people including a woman in 2000 while Allah Ditta was handed down death penalty after being proven guilty in the murder case of a woman in 1999.
According to the reports, other convicts were executed in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan and Lahore.
Hangings of two more convicts were halted after they were pardoned by the families of the victims. Another got relief due to a stay order issued by the High Court.
The government has decided to put a moratorium on executions during the month of Ramzan that will start this month.
A day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 134 students and 19 adults on December 16, 2014, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on the death penalty. The innocent children’s killings put pressure the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.