Four prisoners to hang this month

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: After the lapse of more than five years, the Sindh government has finally decided to start implementation on death sentences, whereas four prisoners, two each of Karachi and Sukkar Jails, will be hanged till death this month, it emerged on Tuesday.
The PPP led Sindh government had been facing pressure both from internationally backed rights groups and higher judiciary over the issue.

The rights groups were advocating non-implementation on to what they call extreme sentence while the Sindh High Court was forcing the provincial government to implement the orders if it wanted to discourage criminals and scale down the crime ratio.

Sources said that the Sindh government finally decided to implement the court verdicts in which the culprits in serious crimes had been awarded death sentences.

President Asif Ali Zardari, who had been resisting the implementation of such cases by retaining the files with him due to strong international pressure, has sent the mercy appeal back to the prime minister house and no such file is pending with him.

Chief Secretary Sindh Aijaz Chaudhry told a high level meeting on law and order situation headed by Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC), Justice Musheer Alam here at the Sindh high court building on Tuesday that all appeals against the death sentences were returned by president Zardari with objections to Prime Minister House.

He also informed that the Sindh government will start implementation on the verdict from this current month.

He told that four prisoners, two each of which are jailed in Karachi and Sukkar prisons, would be hanged till death during the current month of August 2013.

It is also pertinent to mention here that several international human rights organizations have also appealed to the present government that death sentences should not be implemennted keeping in the view the lacunas in the prosecution system.