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A man convicted of rape and murder was executed early Tuesday morning at the Hyderabad Central Prison.

Magistrate Azhar Shamail was present at the time of Sikandar Ali Joyo’s hanging while Prison Chief Zia-ur-Rehman confirmed the convict’s death.

Joyo was convicted of raping and murdering a minor female relative in 2000.

A case against him was registered in Dadu and he was sentenced to death by an Additional District Court judge after black warrants were issued.

Joyo’s case was taken to the Sindh High Court and Supreme Court, both of which turned down his appeal against the conviction.

The convict’s appeal for mercy was also rejected by the president of Pakistan.

His family’s repeated efforts to seek pardon from the victim’s family were futile as the deceased’s mother refused to forgive the convict.

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