Lahore: A Pakistani court has issued death warrants for two murder convicts though the government is continuing with a moratorium on capital punishment.
District and Sessions Judge Chaudhary Khaliquz Zaman of Faisalabad district in Punjab province yesterday issued death warrants for two brothers and set October 23 as the date for their execution.
Abdul Waheed Khan and his brother Abdur Rehman Khan were given the death sentence by an additional sessions judge in 2009. The apex court upheld the lower court`s verdict and the mercy petitions of the two men were rejected.
The PML-N government at the centre recently announced it intends to continue with a moratorium on the death penalty that was put in place by the previous Pakistan People`s Party-led government.
"Pakistan will continue with the moratorium on capital punishment until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain meet to review the measure," Interior Ministry spokesman Omar Hameed Khan said yesterday.