KARACHI (PPI) - Ansar Burney Trust International Chairman and former Federal Minister for Human Rights, Ansar Burney, has demanded of the Pakistani government to immediately halt all hangings in the country as 60 to 65 percent of condemned prisoners were innocent. In his statement on Sunday, Burney said that despite the fact that up to 60% of all condemned prisoners in Pakistan are most likely innocent or victims of a faulty justice system, the government has failed to take any positive action to save these thousands of innocent lives. Ansar Burney said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has made announcement during his address to the National Assembly on the 21st of June 08 that his government would soon forward a proposal to the Presidency to convert all death sentences into life imprisonment, however Ansar Burney Trust had learnt through reliable sources in the Ministry of Interior that to date no such proposal has been prepared or forwarded. In fact, since the Prime Minister's announcement, unfortunately five persons have been hanged, he stated. Ansar Burney, who is also Expert Advisor in the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee at Geneva, stated that yet another man was set to be hanged this week but after a national and international outcry by human rights organizations such as the Ansar Burney Trust International, the President finally delayed his hanging. On the current status of the proposal announced by the Prime Minister, Burney said that no progress has been made, and to date the proposal was only at the consideration level at the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. He said that the government seemed to have completely backtracked on its announcement after pressure from extremist religious groups. Ansar Burney, who has visited over 25 prisons all across Pakistan this year alone, stated that of the 7,000 + condemned prisoners in Pakistani jails, the majority were either innocent or victims of a faulty justice system. He stated that there were condemned prisoners in jails awaiting their death who did not even know who they had been charged of killing. Many had their appeals rejected for reasons out of their control and the Higher Courts of Pakistan had completely failed to provide them with Justice. Burney said that in jails across Pakistan, there were condemned prisoners who had spent over a life sentence in death cells, there were those who had become crippled or mentally disabled due to the cruel and inhumane treatment in which they had been placed by the state and there were prisoners who had crossed the age of 100. According to Ansar Burney Trust, there were also over 40 women and two children lodged in death cells in Pakistan and waiting to be hanged. Burney said that these facts were clearly visible to the Government yet after its much praised announcement, it had failed to deliver on its promise due to political reasons - completely ignoring the fact that to hang such persons would not be capital punishment but murder by the state. Ansar Burney questioned President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that how their government can hang; those who are in death cells waiting to be hanged from one, two and three decades or even completed their life sentences in a death cells or those who became crippled or mentally ill in death cells only because of injustices? For that reason, Ansar Burney once again demanded of the government to halt all hangings in the country and immediately take steps to ensure the prevalence of justice. Burney also announced that if the government fails to provide relief to these ill-fated persons, he would raise this issue at all international forums and organisations including the United Nations.