The doctors confirmed their deaths. A little later, the bodies will be handed to their families.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) awarded death penalty to Attaullah alias Qasim and Muhammad Azam alias Sharif, members of the banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on July 6, 2004. The two terrorists killed Dr. Muhammed Muhammed Raza Pirani on June 26, 2001 in Soldier Bazaar on sectarian grounds.
Earlier, these two prisoners were shifted from Sukkur Jail to Karachi Central Prison via helicopter on Saturday for execution.
It should be mentioned here that the two terrorists were transferred to Sukkur Jail last year as jail officials feared a potential jailbreak.
Extraordinary security arrangements were made on this occasion. The megacity’s central jail is being guarded by the army, Rangers, Frontier Constabulary and police ever since the execution began here.
Rights organizations on Thursday called on Pakistan to halt the execution of the first civilian for a non-terror related offence since 2008, saying the move would violate its own official policy.
Hours after Peshawar’s Taliban attack that claimed 150 people most of them children, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty to try convicted terrorists.
Since then, at least 22 people including today’s have been hanged till death, with plans to execute up to 500.
The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty, which ran from 2008 until December 2014.