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Pakistan Carries Out Mass Hangings

Pakistani authorities have hanged 12 convicts, the largest number of people executed on the same day since the country overturned a ban on executions recently.

According to an interior ministry spokesperson, the hanged convicts were terrorists and murderers guilty of “heinous crimes”.

At least 27 convicts have been executed since the moratorium was lifted, most of them militants. It is estimated that there are more than 8,000 Pakistanis currently on death row. Rights groups say many convictions are unsafe.

A suspension on hangings was lifted for terror-related crimes after a Taliban attack in December killed more than 150 people, mostly children, at a school in Peshawar.

But last week, officials widened the capital punishment policy to include all prisoners on death row whose appeals had been rejected.

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