Pakistan hangs 8 terrorists convicted by controversial military courts

Updated On : 18 May , 2017 , 01:41 PM
Pak Army chief Bajwa
Pak Army chief Bajwa
Islamabad:

Pakistan on Thursday hanged four more Taliban terrorists convicted of different terrorism-related offences in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the second such execution in as many days in the restive northwestern province.

Former Indian Navy official Kulbhushan Jadhav is also imprisoned in Pakistan over the charges of undertaking espionage and terrorism-related activities in north-west frontier of Pakistan, impending execution. His death sentence, however, has been stayed by the International Court of Justice, which will give its verdict on Thursday over the matter. 

During the trial, India had raised concern that Jadhav may be executed even before the trial is over. Pakistan in its rebuttal ensured that these doubts were unfounded. 

Read | Kulbhushan Jadhav hearing at ICJ: India’s charges and Pakistan’s defence in 10 points

The terrorists were hanged in a jail in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the worst hit due to violence by Taliban terrorists, taking the number of hanged terrorists to over 170 since the Peshawar terror attack in 2014.

“They were involved in different terror activities including killing of innocent civilians, destruction of communication/ electricity infrastructure, destruction of educational institutions, attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement Agencies,” said army.

The terrorists were tried by controversial military courts which work in secrecy due to fear of attacks by militants, it said.

The convicts were identified as Muhammad Ibrahim, Rizwan Ullah, Sardar Ali and Sher Muhammad Khan. All of them were active members of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Four “hardcore” terrorists convicted of “heinous” terrorism-related offences were hanged in the restive northwestern province on Wednesday.

Military courts were restored in March for another two years after their initial two-year term expired in January.

The courts were set up after a constitutional amendment following a terror attack on an Army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 which killed more than 150 people, most of them students.

Human rights group Justice Project Pakistan says 441 people have been executed since the Peshawar attack.

Pakistan has been fighting various extremist groups for over a decade. Militant attacks have killed tens of thousands of people.

The military courts have handed down the death penalty to more than 170 militants.

First Published : Thursday, May 18, 2017 01:33 PM
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