Pakistan temporarily suspends death penalty to observe 'sanctity' of fasting month of Ramadan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked authorities to temporarily suspend the implementation of the death penalty during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

A statement released by Sharif's office late Thursday says Sharif ordered a pause to observe "the sanctity of the holy month", which began in most parts of Pakistan on Friday.

Sharif partially lifted Pakistan's moratorium on executions in December specifically for terrorism-related cases following the Taliban attack on a school in the city of Peshawar that left 150 people dead. He later lifted it entirely and since then about 150 inmates have been hanged in Pakistan.