Islamabad: The European Union (EU) on expressed concern over increasing executions in Pakistan and demanded of the government to reinstate the moratorium on death penalty and fully respect all of its international obligations.

"Effective implementation of the international conventions is a requirement under the European Union's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Regulation," a statement issued by EU delegation mission to Pakistan said.

The EU spokesperson Catherine Ray said that at least 150 people have been executed in Pakistan since December 2014, when the government lifted the moratorium on executions in place since 2008.

This represents a major step backwards in Pakistan's record on human rights she further added.

EU also expressed concern over Aftab Bahadur's hanging and said his petition alleging his juvenile status at the time of the crime and torture while in custody to extract a confession was not given due consideration.

The spokesman said Pakistan's obligations under domestic and international law prohibit the death sentence for crimes committed by those under eighteen years of age and require prompt and impartial investigation where there is reasonable ground to believe that torture has been committed.

The spokesman said the EU is opposes capital punishment in all cases and has consistently called for its universal abolition.