Pakistan army chief endorses death sentences of 15 'hardcore terrorists'
Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa yesterday endorsed the death sentences of 15 "hardcore terrorists" convicted by special military courts. These courts were set up after the deadly Peshawar school attack of December 2014, for speedy trials of militants. The courts also awarded imprisonment of varying periods to six other militants. The date of conviction and the venue of the trial wasn't revealed.
The army said in a statement that the convicted militants were involved in "attacks on armed forces and law enforcement agencies, destruction of educational institutions, and killing of innocent civilians." Collectively, the terrorists were found guilty of killing 45 people, including four civilians and 41 security personnel, and injuring 103 people. Arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession, the army said.