Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Thursday he would initiate talks with Pakistan’s newly-minted Prime Minister Imran Khan over extraditing five Pakistani nationals who were on death row in Sri Lanka.
According to Xinhua news agency quoting a local media report, he said the Pakistani nationals topped the list to face execution for their alleged involvement in drugs.
However, he said he would speak to Khan to hand them over to the authorities in Pakistan.
Sirisena said he would not hesitate to go ahead with re-enforcing capital punishment on drug dealers and smugglers as the drug menace had become a major problem affecting the island country.
“I also told the authorities to impose the maximum possible penalty on those who are even caught with drugs in their possession,” he added.
A cabinet spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne said last month the death penalty would initially be implemented on 19 large-scale drug convicts as part of an urgent need to curb the spread of drug-related crimes.
According to Prisons Department statistics, there are 373 convicts on death row in Sri Lanka, including the 19 drug offenders, as of last month.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK