No proposal to convert death penalty to life imprisonment: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the Senate on Wednesday that the government is not considering any proposal to convert the death sentence into life imprisonment.

Responding to a question, the minister said a total of 13,223 death penalties were announced across the country since 2002, of which 501 were consummated.

He said a total of 6,149 terrorists had been arrested by law enforcement agencies since year 2002.

The minister said 12,404 persons had been killed while 26,881 were injured in different incidents of terrorism during the same period across the country.

Nisar told the Senate that a national policy on missing persons was being formulated by the government while a task force in this regard had also been formed.

Five meetings of the task force have already been held and its final report once completed would be presented before both the upper and lower houses of parliament, he added.

To another question, Nisar informed the house that 413 incidents of terrorism including suicide attacks took place in the country since June this year.

He said it was the duty of the provincial governments to maintain law and order in their respective provinces, however, he claimed the federal government was providing all out assistance to provincial administrations to curb the menace of terrorism.