Shafqat Hussain's lawyers say he was a minor at the time of his conviction

Shafqat Hussain?s lawyers say he was a minor at the time of his conviction

His lawyers say he was 14 when found guilty and his confession was extracted by torture, but officials say there is no proof he was a minor when convicted.

He met his family one last time before midnight, then was hanged shortly before dawn at a jail in Karachi.

Legal challenges saw his execution postponed four times this year.

But despite the postponements, legal challenges and intense lobbying, all his appeals for mercy were ultimately turned down.

The Pakistani government scrapped a moratorium on capital punishment in the aftermath of an attack on a school in Peshawar in December last years in which more than 150 school pupils and teachers were killed by the Taliban.

Since then, authorities have hanged at least 193 convicts in jails across the country.

Pakistan has the world?s largest number of death row inmates, with more than 8,000 people reported to be awaiting execution and it is on course to have one of the highest rates of executions in the world.

Reprieve has argued that Pakistan?s legal system failed Shafqat Hussain at every turn and that his case has not been properly investigated.

?The government?s decision to push ahead with the execution despite calls to halt it from across Pakistan and around the world seems to have been more a show of political power than anything to do with justice,? the group said in a statement shortly after the execution.

But Pakistan?s government believes Hussain was 23 when found guilty, and courts dismissed petitions seeking verification of his age.

BBC

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