Pakistan planning to bring bill seeking to end death penalty
Islamabad, Nov 3 (ANI): The Pakistan government is reportedly planning to introduce a bill in parliament that will convert death penalty into life imprisonment.
The bill is likely to be tabled in the coming session of the National Assembly, sources familiar with the matter revealed.
"A recent party meeting decided in principle to go ahead with the bill," the Dawn quoted a source, as saying.
According to the paper, the sources said that President Asif Ali Zardari was taking keen interest on the issue and wanted to see the conversion of capital punishment into life imprisonment before the end of the PPP government in 2013.
The report also quoted Zardari's spokesman Farhatullah Babar, as saying that 'the government is considering converting death sentence into life imprisonment and is taking appropriate legislative measures for the purpose.'
He said the prime minister had constituted a committee comprising minister for interior, minister for law, attorney general and representatives of provincial governments to make recommendations. (ANI)
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