Pak­istan lifts hang­ing ban to ex­e­cute 12

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PAK­ISTAN has ex­e­cuted 12 peo­ple in the coun­try’s largest day of ex­e­cu­tions af­ter a na­tion­wide ban on the death penalty was lifted.

The home min­is­ter for Pun­jab, Shuja Khan­zada, said au­thor­i­ties at sev­eral jails in the prov­ince hanged 10 pris­on­ers who had been sen­tenced to death in mur­der cases.

The su­per­in­ten­dent of the main jail in the south­ern city of Karachi, Qazi Nazir, said pri­son staff had ex­e­cuted two peo­ple and handed their bod­ies to fam­ily mem­bers.

Late last year, Pak­istan’s prime min­is­ter lifted a mora­to­rium on the death penalty specif­i­cally for ter­ror­ism-re­lated cases af­ter a Tal­iban attack on a school in Pe­shawar killed 150 peo­ple in De­cem­ber.

Last week the gov­ern­ment com­pletely lifted the death penalty ban for all cases.

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