ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday rejected mercy appeals of 18 prisoners on death row, paving way for their execution.
According to a private TV channel death warrants for the condemned prisoners are likely to be issued at anytime today after the President has rejected their mercy appeals.
Earlier on Wednesday authorities hanged a man convicted of attempting to assassinate former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf, the seventh execution since government lifted a moratorium on capital punishment after Peshawar attack.
“Niaz Mohammad, 40, was executed today and his body was handed over to relatives,” an official at Peshawar’s high-security Central Jail told media. Mohammad was convicted of attacking Musharraf in Rawalpindi.
The attack, which took place in December 2003, involved a powerful explosion targeting the former president’s motorcade as it was passing over a bridge in Rawalpindi.
The motorcade escaped the explosion by a matter of seconds, however, and no one was injured.