Pakistan hangs 15, highest number since executions resumed

April 21, 2015 12:12 PM

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LAHORE (Reuters) - Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a de facto moratorium on capital punishment on Dec. 17, a day after Pakistani Taliban gunmen attacked a school and killed 153 people, most of them children. The killings put pressure on the government to do more to tackle an Islamist insurgency.

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