Pakistan Army Chief confirms death sentences to 11 'hardcore terrorists'
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa today confirmed the death sentences to 11 "hardcore terrorists", nearly three weeks after he had approved the execution of 13 others. He had approved the capital punishment handed down by a military court for committing 'heinous offenses' including the killing of 20 security personnel. Military courts were set up in Pakistan after the deadly 2014 Taliban attack.
"The terrorists were involved in killing of 69 persons"
Confirming the development, the Army said the terrorists were found guilty of attacking armed forces, law enforcement agencies, destruction of an educational institution and killing of innocent civilians. "On the whole, they were involved in killing of 69 persons including 49 civilians, 20 Armed Forces/Police Officials and injuring 148 others," the Army said. Arms and explosives had also been recovered from their possession.
Four others awarded imprisonment for militancy-linked activities
The special military courts, which were set up after the Peshawar Army school attack which killed more than 150 people, mostly students, also awarded imprisonment to four other convicts for their involvement in militancy-linked activities, the Army statement said, without sharing the date and venue of the trial. On September 11, the military had announced that Bajwa confirmed death sentences to 13 'hardcore terrorists'.