Published On: Fri, Dec 19th,

Pakistan: The Moratorium On The Death Penalty Lifted


Pakistan on Wednesday lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in cases of terrorism, the day after the attack on the military school.

The attack against a military school in Peshawar Tuesday who made 141 dead already had a first policy accordingly. Pakistan said Wednesday lift its moratorium on the death penalty in cases of terrorism.

A decision already in the drawers. Spokesman of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the firm was already considering for some time to reintroduce the death penalty.This decision was anticipated with the Taliban attack on Peshawar, the deadliest in the history of the country.

A moratorium since 2008. In Pakistan, the death sentences are relatively common, but the sentence was not applied since 2008, except in a case related to the court martial. The moratorium had also been considered one of the key points that allowed Pakistan to get there one year the status of GSP + for Generalised Scheme of Preferences.

This status allows it to export non-tariff barrier for many products, including textiles, to the European Union, its largest economic partner.

8,000 sentenced to death. According to Amnesty International, about 8,000 sentenced to death are currently in Pakistani prisons. Some of them were tried in anti-terrorist courts deemed more efficient, even if the charges are not directly related to terrorism cases that also denounce organizations defending human rights.