LAHORE  - At least 10 condemned prisoners will be hanged in different jails of the Punjab and Sindh on Tuesday (today).  According to sources, three prisoners will be executed in Jhang district jail, two each in Karachi, Mianwali and Multan, and one in Faisalabad jail.

Sources privy to the development confirmed the prisoners would be executed in different jails on Tuesday (today) as their final meetings with their relatives had already been arranged. The jail authorities have also made arrangements to execute the condemned prisoners whose mercy petitions have already been rejected by the President.

Three prisoners, identified as Muhammad Riaz, Bashir and Sharif, would be hanged in Jhang district jail while death warrants for two prisoners were issued on Monday evening. Zakir Hussian and Muhammad would be hanged on Tuesday.

Similarly, two prisoners, Zafar Iqbal and Waqar Nazi, would be hanged in Multan district jail. Zafar had killed a girl after rape in Lodhran district while Waqar Nazir had murdered a man on offering resistance during a robbery attempt in Multan in 1996.

Muhammad Faisal and Muhammad Afzal would be hanged in Karachi Central Jail. They had killed a man on offering resistance during a robbery attempt in 1998.

In addition, two prisoners, Zafar and Rab Nawaz, would be hanged in Mianwali jail. According to officials, Zafar, a resident of Sargodha, killed his father in 2003. Rab Nawaz murdered a woman over a property dispute in Bhalwal in 2000.

Muhammad Nawaz who killed two men some 22 years ago would be hanged in Faisalabad central jail today (Tuesday).

The moratorium on the death penalty in terrorism cases was lifted following the deadliest terror attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that killed 149 people, mostly children.

However, local and international rights organizations have been demanding reversion to the moratorium on death penalty as they cite cumbersome investigation and judicial processes which keep many poor people from seeking justice.  A prominent US human rights group only the other day urged the Pakistani authorities to immediately halt the execution of an alleged child offender, which is scheduled for Thursday, and commute his sentence.

An anti-terrorism court in Karachi last week approved the execution of Shafqat Hussain, who was allegedly 14 or 15 years old when sentenced in 2004 for kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old boy.

"The court approved Hussain’s execution despite allegations that security forces in Sindh province had tortured Hussain into confessing to the crime," Human Rights Watch said.

“Executing child offenders is a barbarous violation of basic decency and international law,” Phelim Kine, HRW's deputy Asia director said in a statement. “Sending someone to the gallows for an alleged crime committed as a child shows the Pakistani government’s disregard for children’s rights.”

Hussain’s looming execution follows the government’s decision on December 16, 2014, to rescind a four year unofficial death penalty moratorium for non-military personnel “in terrorism related cases. That decision was an explicit government reaction to the December 16 attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshawar that left at least 148 dead – mostly children.

But Human Rights Watch said it opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an inherently irreversible, inhumane punishment.

“The Pakistani president should immediately commute Shafqat Hussein’s execution and prevent a serious human rights violation,” Kine said. “Above all, the Pakistani government should reaffirm its commitments to fundamental human rights and the rights of children by explicitly rejecting the odious practice of executing child offenders.”