Disabled man set to hang as Pakistan nears 300th execution

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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.

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