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Lawyer Seeks End To Death Penalty In Pakistan

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A lawyer has approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan to stop the government from bringing back the death sentence which was disbanded in 2008.

Pakistan’s interior ministry has written a letter to the President of Pakistan seeking his permission to execute 400 condemned prisoners who were given death sentences.

Barrister Zafarullah filed the petition in the Lahore register of the Supreme Court.

“The interior ministry letter is unconstitutional and it also amounts to contempt of court,” Zafarullah said.

The court intended to bring back the death sentence to tackle the worsening law and order situation in the country.

However, Amnesty International has said there is no compelling evidence to suggest the death penalty acts as a deterrent in capital crimes compared to other forms of punishment.

The rights group last week urged the Pakistani government not to resume the execution of prisoners but and instead put a freeze on the death penalty as a first step towards abolition.

The Amnesty call came after media reports stating the new government, led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, might move rapidly to resume state killings in response to the prevailing law and order situation in the country.

“Any government green light to resume execution in Pakistan would be a shocking and retrograde step, putting thousands of people’s lives at risks,” Polly Truscott, the deputy chief of the organisation in Asia Pacific said in a statement.

Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process, and could now be facing execution.

A presidential order putting a freeze on the death penalty was issued in 2008 but the order expired on June 30 with no official announcement of any further extension.

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  1. Frankie

    July 13, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Death penalty still remain d best deterrent for murder cases and all other cases where there was d intention as well as killing of another persons. Life imprisonment is a poor substitute and will worsen d situation than it is now

  2. clems

    July 14, 2013 at 6:12 am

    There are big difference btw human judgement and God Judgement.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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