FAISALABAD: Two more death row prisoners were executed in Faisalabad Central Jail on Friday morning.
Both prisoners, Akhtar and Sajid, had been found guilty in separate offences of murder.
Anti-terrorism court (ATC), Faisalabad had awarded death sentence to Akhtar in 2001.
He had intruded into a house on December 10, 1999 and attempted to rape a woman. The culprit also stabbed to death the father-in-law of the victim named Manzoor, who had offered resistance to the culprit.
A compromised deal was reached late on Thursday night between the families of the victims and Akhtar to pardon the culprit late, but authorities rejected the case, terming all the cases of murder and rape as non-pardonable.
The appeals of the convict had already been rejected by the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court. His mercy appeal was also turned down by the president.
The other death row convict, Muhammad Sajid, had killed a woman Khursheed Bibi and wounded her husband Azhar, on March 12, 2000, over a personal feud.
He was awarded death sentence by an ATC court in Faisalabad, on March 30, 2001.
Sajid’s petitions were also turn downed by the superior courts and his mercy appeal had also been rejected by the president.
It was the first ever hangings at the Faisalabad Central Jail. Since resumption, all previous executions had taken place in the city’s district jail.
With the latest hangings, the toll of executions to have taken place in Pakistan since the resumption on Dec 17, 2014 has reached 27.
Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.
Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of aTaliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.
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.