Pakistan: ADPAN calls on Pakistan to lead in South Asia and for the government to commit to a moratorium on executions

ADPAN appeals to the Pakistani government to extend the informal moratorium introduced in 2008 and halt all future executions.

More than 8000 prisoners face imminent execution after a presidential order suspending executions by the previous government expired on 30 June 2013.

In late 2008, President Asif Ali Zardari suspended executions but this decision is currently being reviewed by the newly elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director Polly Truscott said, “at a time when Pakistan’s justice system is struggling to cope with the law and order situation, it can be all too easy for governments to see the death penalty as a quick fix solution. But the death penalty is not the answer to Pakistan’s justice problems.”

“Resuming executions would do nothing to tackle crime or militancy, but instead just perpetuate a cycle of violence,” she added.

Zohra Yusuf, Chairperson of ADPAN member organisation the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), said, “well-documented deficiencies of the law, administration of justice, police investigation methods, as well as chronic corruption in Pakistan today have not improved since the government first decided to suspend executions in 2008…capital punishment allows for a high probability of miscarriages of justice, …wholly unacceptable in any civilised society, but even more so when the punishment is irreversible.”  Zohra Yusuf went on to say, “…the systematic and generalised application of death penalty has not led to an improvement of the situation of law and order in the country…”

This echoes recent comments made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon last month, where he urged member states to abolish the death penalty, “We have a duty to prevent innocent people from paying the ultimate price for miscarriages of justice”.

With the exception of the execution of a soldier in November 2012, death sentences have not been carried out in Pakistan since 2008.

ADPAN with members from across the Asia Pacific region including Pakistan work for an end to the death penalty across the region.

ADPAN members : 

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Prison Fellowship Pakistan

Democratic Commission for Human Development (DCHD)


Please support ADPAN members Human Rights Commission of  Pakistan (HRCP) and send appeals

HRCP Stop Hanging of Prisoners  Human Rights Commission of Pakistan requests your urgent intervention in the following situation  

Description of the situation:

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has been approached by a number of prisoners on death row stating that the present government has once again started issuing black warrants and fixed the date of the hanging in some prisoners on death row.  Human Rights Commission of Pakistan expresses its grave concern about the issuing of black warrants and fixing the date of execution of prisoners on death row in different jails of Punjab, particularly in Bahawalpur jail. It is beyond comprehension why the present government having put a moratorium for the many years on executions has suddenly changed its policy. Action requested Please write to the President of Pakistan:

1. To stop the execution of prisoners on death row and put a permanent moratorium 

2. To abolish death penalty in Pakistan  

Sample We express our deep concern on the issuing of black warrants toprisoners on death row and fixing the date of their execution.We demand that executions are immediately halted.We urge that death penalty in Pakistan should be permanently abolished.We demand that the government of Pakistan should sign the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aimed at the abolition of the death penalty.

It would be appreciated if you send a copy of your mail to HRCP/Urgent Appeal (Mr. Zaman Khan) Address:

Mr. Asif Ali Zardari President President’s Secretariat 

Islamabad PAKISTAN

 Tel:+ 92-51-9204801-9214171 Fax: + 92-51-9207458 


PAKISTAN: Stay of execution – Behram Khan

ADPAN welcomes the news that the execution of Behram Khan was stayed on 30 June. The Pakistan Government has indicated that it maintains its informal policy of  not carrying out death sentences, and the execution is currently postponed until 30 September.
ADPAN reiterates the fact that the execution of Behram Khan would end the progress towards abolishing the death penalty in Pakistan, where no executions have been carried out in the last four years. It may also open the doors for further executions in the future.
It would be the first execution under the current government, an act going against the current regional and global trend against executions, with more than two thirds of the world’s countries having abolished the death penalty in law or in practice.
ADPAN is closely following the case of Behram Khan and will keep its members informed of any changes in his situation.