Islamabad- Pakistan today clarified that it violated no international law , by implementing death penalty in a very serious situation prevailing in the country.

Addressing Foreign Office’s weekly press briefing, Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam referred to Article 6 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights saying that, Pakistan is under obligation to protect citizen’s right to life by law.

A spokesperson of the European Union (EU) said on Wednesday that the government of Pakistan should halt all executions, as capital punishment violates international law and basic human rights. Article 6 of ICCPR read that every human being has the inherent right to life. “This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.”

The spokesperson after referring to the section of international law said that the death sentence in Pakistan is under a law and “We respect values system of others and other should respect ours.”

To a question, the spokesperson said that she doesn’t expect that the death penalties would be withdrawn in Pakistan and consultation with European Union over the issue is going on. “They are fully aware of reason behind it, and “we have told them that no international law is going to be violated by the death penalty in Pakistan”. She also said that it would not affect the issue of GSP plus.

To a question on Afghan reconciliation, she said that it is vital for peace in the country and the region and Pakistan has welcomed the renewed process between Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul. “We support Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process,” she added. Over allegations regarding Mumbai incident suspect Lakhvi’s case, she said that the reason for delay in the case was that evidences were lying in another country and it delayed the process.

She also said that the case of the persons involved in Samjhotha express was also delayed in India. There should not be different criteria for different states, she added. She said that as far as issue of terrorism is concerned Pakistan is confronted with it, it has affected the region and the international community also has responsibility to support Pakistan in

this connection.