KARACHI/ISLAMABAD – Execution of young death row criminal, Shafqat Hussain, only 16, postponed for 72 hours, PakistanTribe reported.
The execution of Shafqat Hussain is controversial as he is only 16. Following his case Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan requested President Mamnoon Hussain through the office of the prime minister to stay Shafqat’s execution for 30 days so that a controversy over his age was resolved.
Talking about delay, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon in his social media message said
Thanks GOD . Just received letter regarding shafqat Hussain . It is postponed for 72 hours.
— sharjeel inam memon (@sharjeelinam) March 18, 2015
The European Union (EU), Amnesty International (AI), the United Nations (UN) and the Human Rights Watch are very critical about the court’s decision. EU spokesperson had issued a statement on Wednesday that Pakistan should reverse their decision and should fulfill their international obligations. As Pakistan is the signatory of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its Article 6(5) completely prohibits giving death sentence to any person below the age of 18.
Pakistan government took the decision of abolition of moratorium on death penalty on March 10, 2015 in the result of December 16, attack of Taliban militants on Army Public School, Peshawar where they gunned down more than 150 people, most of them were children.
In reply to EU’s statement Pakistan’s foreign minister Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan and EU have different perspectives on death penalty. He said rules and regulations very according to different situations in different countries.
It should be clear that civil death plenty was ban in the country since 2008.
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