Toba Tek Singh- A convicted prisoner Muhammed Sadiq has been executed in the city’s District Jail early this morning, taking the number of executions to 23 since Pakistan left moratorium on capital punishment.

Siddiq was hanged at the district jail at 5am this morning. Afterwards, the doctors confirmed his death. Siddiq, who was a security guard of a cinema in Kamalia, shot dead three men—Nadeem Abbas, Muhammad Nadeem and Muhammad Rafi—for hooting during a dance performance in a 2004 stage show.

Judge Chaudhry Muhammed Yousuf Ojla of Faisalabad’s local anti-terrorism court awarded him death sentence six times on May 16, 2005. His subsequent mercy appeals were rejected by the Lahore High Court and Supreme Court. Later on, President of Pakistan also dismissed his mercy appeal. On this, the ATC issued death warrants for the convict to be implemented on March 12.

The jail officials, in pursuance of the orders, hanged him and later handed his body to his brother.