Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has asked the Pakistan Government to abolish the death penalty.
“On World Day against Death Penalty (October 10), the HRCP reiterates its opposition to the death penalty and its belief that this punishment allows for a very high probability of miscarriage of justice on account of critical deficiencies in the law, administration of justice, police investigation, chronic corruption and cultural prejudices affecting women and religious minorities in the country. This is unacceptable in any civilised society, particularly so when the punishment is irreversible,” an HRCP statement said.
The commission expressed concern that capital punishment remains on the statute books for over two dozen offences and over the fact that courts continue giving death sentences to criminals.
The Dawn quoted the statement, as saying that the government has failed to take concrete steps to fulfil its 2008 pledge to end the death penalty.
“The high incidence of crime in the country despite Pakistan being among countries with one of the highest rate of conviction to capital punishment in the world demonstrates that capital punishment has no special deterrent effect”, an HRCP statement said.