Islamabad: Three men who hijacked a plane of Pakistani airlines in 1998 and tried to take it to India were among eight persons who were hanged on Thursday in different jails across Pakistan.
The convicts, Shahsawar, Sabir were sent to gallows in Hyderabad jail while Shabbir was executed in Karachi Central Jail.
A court in Hyderabad sentenced them to death on 20 August, 1998 and their appeals were later turned by the higher courts.
Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Fokker plane was hijacked by the three men shortly after it took off from Turbat in Balochistan for Karachi.
There were 30 passengers on board and the hijackers wanted to take it to India, but pilot Captain Uzair Khan duped them by landing at the Hyderabad airport, as the hijackers were told that they had landed in India.
Later, the security forces stormed the plane and overpowered the hijackers.
Meanwhile, another death row prisoner was hanged in Karachi Central Jail. He was guilty of killing a minor boy in 2003.
Similarly, one death row convict was hanged in Attock Central Jail. He had killed one person over a business dispute in 1998. Another death row convict was hanged in Sahiwal Central Jail in a double murder case. One more death row convict was hanged in District Jail Sargodha and another death row prisoner was executed in Haripur Central Jail. He was sentenced to death in 1999.
Pakistan lifted moratorium on the death penalty after Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar and killed 136 students.
Rights bodies have criticised Pakistan for resuming deaths penalty but it has persisted and so far have hanged at least 125 convicts.
There are about 8,000 death row prisoners in Pakistan.
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Updated Date: May 29, 2015 07:37:02 IST