Disabled man set to hang as Pakistan nears 300th execution


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is set to execute a disabled man Wednesday, with Amnesty International slamming Islamabad Tuesday for “shamefully sealing its place among the world’s worst executioners.” The execution of Abdul Basit, a paraplegic who was convicted of murder in 2009, has already been postponed several times after rights groups raised concerns about how a wheelchair-bound man would mount the scaffold. The rights group said it has recorded 299 executions since the death penalty was controversially reinstated following a Taliban mass killing at a school in Peshawar last year that was the country’s deadliest-ever extremist attack. Forty-five people were executed in October alone, Amnesty said, making it the deadliest month since the moratorium was lifted. No official figures are available.


Please follow our commenting guidelines.

Comments are closed.