Death penalty is state mur­der of ci­ti­zens: HRCP takes out protest rally

Daily Messenger - - National - Ab­bas Kas­sar

HY­DER­ABAD: Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan Task Force Sindh took out a rally protest­ing against death penalty terming it as mur­der by state of its own ci­ti­zens. The HRCP said time has come when the state should re­spect lives of its ci­ti­zens ris­ing above age old cus­toms, se­lected faiths, dic­ta­to­rial rules and reg­u­la­tions and bi­ased sec­tar­ian clarifications. The protest was led by HRCP Task force Sindh co­or­di­na­tor Dr. Ashothama, Ghufrana, Heero Kolhi, Com­rade Iqbal, Lal Khan Pathan, Khamiso Bheel and Tariq Khan. They said that each year 10 Oc­to­ber is ob­served as day against death penalty. They said govern­ment re­moved ban on death penalty last year and as many as 246 con­victed pris­on­ers were hanged. They said in Pak­istan death con­vic­tion has been gen­er­al­ized to such ex­tent that el­der per- sons and men­tally re­tarded are also be­ing sent to gal­lows.

They said num­ber of those be­ing hanged is in­creas­ing in coun­try. They de­manded to abol­ish death penalty and to re­visit the out­dated sys­tem of po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion which was full of flaws.

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