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On capital punishment

This refers to Amir Zia's article 'Kindly resume hanging' (July 8). The moratorium on the death penalty should continue in our country where even a minor government official like a police constable can frame an innocent man and get a murder case registered against him. Crimes continue to be committed even in those countries where the death penalty is strictly enforced (like Saudi Arabia). In fact, it is the abolition of capital punishment that often results in a reduction in the crime rate.

If hanging is resumed, it will mostly be the poor or those belonging to the minorities who will inevitably suffer the most. I suggest that capital punishment should be abolished altogether.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Printed in The News, July 10, 2013

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