Triple Murder Convict Executed in Toba Tek Singh

A triple murder convict, Muhammad Siddique, was hanged to death in District Jail Toba Tek Sindh, on Thursday morning. Siddique was convicted for killing three men who were hooting at a dancer in theater performance in 2004. The convict was a security guard at the theatre.

Muhammad Siddique

It was the first ever hanging at the Toba Tek Singh district jail, functional since 2007. Anti-terrorism court, Faisalabad had found him guilty of murders and awarded death sentence six times to the convict on May 16, 2005. The convict had submitted appeals before the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which were rejected subsequently. President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain had also rejected his mercy petition. Following the rejection of mercy appeal, the ATC had issued his death warrant. The last meeting of the convict was arranged before his execution.

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The heirs of the victims had already refused to pardon the convict. Corpse of the deceased has been handed over to his family. Pakistan on Tuesday lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, after initially restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of the Taliban Army Public school massacre.This is the 25th execution to have taken place in Pakistan following the resumption of executions in December after Taliban militants gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at Peshawar’s Army Public School.