ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, sweeping majority of Pakistanis (92%) support the rule of hanging terrorists .

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “Some people support the rule of hanging terrorists while others are against this. Please tell, to what extent do you support or oppose this rule?”

In response, 64% said that they support it a lot, 28% said that they support it to some extent and 6% said that they oppose it to some extent. 2% said that they oppose it a lot.

The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1826 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during December 21 – December 28, 2015.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a six-year moratorium on executions on December 17, 2014, a day after Tehreek-e-Taliban militants massacred more than 150 people -- mostly children -- at Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.

Since that time Pakistan has executed more than 300 death row convicts.

Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process.

Supporters argue that the death penalty is the only effective way to deal with the scourge of militancy in the country. But critics say the legal system is unjust, with rampant police torture, poor representation for victims and unfair trials.