Pakistan has lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases, officials said yesterday, after restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of a Taliban school massacre. The interior ministry has directed provincial governments to proceed with hangings for prisoners who have exhausted all avenues of appeal and clemency, a senior official said Pakistan has hanged 24 convicts since resuming executions in December after Taliban militants gunned down more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in the restive northwest. The partial lifting of the moratorium only applied to those convicted of terrorism offences, but officials said it had now been extended. "The government has lifted the moratorium on the death penality," the senior interior ministry official said. "The interior ministry has directed the provincial home departments to expedite the executions of all condemned prisoners whose mercy petitions have been rejected by the president." The official said there were around 1,000 condemned prisoners around the country whose appeals and clemency petitions had failed. Until December's resumption, there had been no civilian hangings in Pakistan since 2008. Rights campaign group Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, most of whom have exhausted the appeals process.