Prisoners on death row in Pakistan get new reprieve
AFPISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Sunday ordered a temporary stay of executions following objections from the president and rights groups, days before they were due to resume after a five-year moratorium.
August 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in June scrapped the moratorium on the death penalty in a bid to crack down on criminals and Islamist militants in the violence-torn country.
But on Sunday the government announced that executions, which had been scheduled to begin this week, would be stayed temporarily following objections from outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari. The stay would last until Zardari returns from abroad to discuss the matter with Sharif, a statement said.