Russia formally confirms Russian man's execution in Pakistan

The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a Russian citizen, Akhlas Akhlak, has been executed in Pakistan.

"The execution of A. Akhlak was scheduled for December 21 this year. There have been efforts on the part of the Russian Embassy in Islamabad and the lawyers of the Russian citizen to defer the execution of the verdict. Nevertheless, according to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, Akhlak was executed in Faisalabad along with three accomplices," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.

"The Russian citizen Akhlas Akhlak, who also has a Pakistani citizenship, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2005 for his role in the attempted assassination of ex-president Pervez Musharraf in 2003; the verdict was not executed because of the moratorium on death penalty introduced in Pakistan in 2008," the Russian ministry said.

"Russia repeatedly asked the Pakistani authorities to change the sentence for Akhlak on humanitarian grounds," the commentary said.

"After the massive terrorist attack at a school in Peshawar on December 16 this year the Pakistani government decided to lift the moratorium for terrorist crimes; two persons, including Akhlak's accomplice, were executed on December 19 this year," the ministry said.

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