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Ministers Condemn Govt’s Resolution Seeking Public Hanging Of Child Rapists

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A resolution seeking public execution of criminals convicted of sexual abuse and murder of children was passed in the National Assembly on Friday. The resolution was presented by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and passed by all lawmakers, minus those of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to condemn the resolution terming it ‘in line with brutal civilisation practices’. Societies act in a balanced way. Barbarism is not the answer to crimes […] this is another expression of extremism,” he stated on Twitter.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari also disapproved of the resolution saying, “many of us oppose it”. She added that it was not government-sponsored, but was presented in the minister’s individual capacity.

During the passage of the resolution, PPP leader and former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said, “We cannot put public hanging into practice as it violates the laws of the United Nations,” he added, reminding members of the parliament that Pakistan is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

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