Death penalty is state murder of citizens: HRCP takes out protest rally
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 They demanded to abolish death penalty and to revisit the outdated system of police investigation which was full of flaws.