KARACHI: Three death-row prisoners convicted for the 1998 hijacking of a PIA Fokker were executed in Karachi and Hyderabad jails on Thursday.
The hijackers wanted to take the aircraft to India.
The pilot of the plane, Captain Uzair Khan had landed the plane at the Hyderabad airport, duping the hijackers into believing that they had landed in the Bhuj airfield of India.
Hyberabad’s then deputy commissioner and SSP, while impersonating as Indian officials, had held talks with the hijackers. The hijackers were opposed to any nuclear tests in Balochistan, following India’s testing of nuclear weapons a few weeks prior to the incident.
The hijacking had come to an end after security personnel stormed the plane overpowering the hijackers.
An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Hyderabad, had awarded capital punishment to the three main accused, Shahsawar, Sabir and Shabbir, in October 1998.
The appeal of the accused against their convictions had been rejected by the Sindh High Court, Karachi bench, and subsequently by the apex court.
Their mercy appeal was also rejected by President of Pakistan.
Shabbir was executed in Karachi central Jail while Sabir and Shahsawar were executed in Hyderabad Central Jail.
Similarly another murderer Ameer Abdullah was hanged in Sargodha district jail. Abdullah was convicted for the 2002 murder of a person over a quarrel.
The appeals of both convicts had been rejected by higher and superior courts. President of Pakistan had also rejected their mercy appeals.
Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.
Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of a Taliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.
The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.
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