On Thursday Nov 15, France has urged Pakistan to review its law of death penalty over murder.
Mohammad Hussain was a soldier. He killed a superior over a personal dispute in 2008 and was hanged on Thursday Nov 15, at Mianwali jail in the country’s first execution for four years,
France condemned the hanging of this Pakistani soldier who was convicted of murder and called for the country to renew its moratorium on executions and ponder upon abolishing the death penalty.
Foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot told reporters that the decision constituted a step backwards in Pakistan’s move towards great respect for human rights.
Pakistan has had an unofficial moratorium on executions because in recent years, Presidentissued regular stay orders for condemned prisoners
Farooq Nazeer, chief of prisons in the central province of Punjab, has stated that the hanging was not a civilian execution and the government did not interfere in military cases.
He has also said that the last execution in Pakistan was in November 2008.