Lahore: A Pakistani army soldier, who had killed his senior officer in 2008, was hanged in Mianwali on Thursday.
It was the first time in the tenure of the current Pakistani People’s Party government that a convict was awarded capital punishment.
Muhammad Hussain, the convict, killed his senior officer Havaldar Khadim Hussain four years ago.
Muhammad, resident of Langarwala Pul of Sahiwal Tehsil Sargodha District, was hanged on Thursday at 6.30 am in Mianwali Jail’s Phansi Ghat.
Serving officer of Pakistan Army Colonel Nisar, Jail Superintendent Qazi Muhammad Aslam, Deputy Superintendent Muhammad Mansha, Magistrate Ilyas Rehan, Jail Doctor Muhammad Umer and other concerned officials were also present during the execution, The Express Tribune reported, citing jail officials.
The incumbent PPP government has never executed a convict since it came into power in 2008. Every three months the presidency issued a letter through respective home departments to stay all capital punishments.
According to the report, Hussain had filed mercy petitions to the General Headquarters (GHQ), the Chief of Army Staff and President Asif Ali Zardari, but they were rejected.