» 07/04/2008, 00.00
Pakistan bans the death penalty
The bill launched by the premier to commemorate Benazir Bhutto was ratified by the government and now awaits President Musharraf’s signature. Welcomed by human rights groups, who are demanding improved rehabilitation programmes for prisoners.
Stop executions to honour Bhutto, Pakistani PM says
Pakistan’s prime minister is set to ask President Musharraf for an act of clemency on Benazir Bhutto’s birthday, commuting all death sentences into life in prison. Radical Muslims are opposed. The Church is in favour but wants to go one step further and have the death sentence abolished altogether, not single acts of mercy.
Musharraf imposes martial law, not a state of emergency
The president of Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission makes the charges, stressing the unconstitutionality of the action and how it violates the population’s human rights. Bhutto ends power-sharing talks with the general.
Gillani, the new Pakistani Prime Minister, frees judges arrested by Musharraf
It is his first act as premier. He has also promised to ask for UN inquiry into Bhutto assassination.
Asif Ali Zardari is Pakistan's new president
The president-elect, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party and widower of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, crushed the competition. His most urgent challenges include the fight against terrorism and the economic crisis. Voting marked by an attack in Peshawar that killed 16 people.
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Religious leaders call for the abolition of the death penalty
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