Pakistan School Massacre Government To Execute 500 Jailed Terror Suspects After Lifting Death Penalty Ban
Pakistan school massacre: Government to execute 500 jailed terror suspects after lifting death penalty ban
Hundreds of militants will be executed in revenge for the Pakistan school massacre.
As many as 500 jailed suspects, many of them Taliban, will be hanged after the government lifted a ban on the death penalty.
Nine gunmen ran amok in a school in the frontier town of Peshawar, slaughtering 149 people, including 133 children, last Tuesday.
Over the weekend it is believed six militants have been hanged amid rising fury over the slaughter in North West Pakistan.
The attack on December 16 was the deadliest and most horrific in Pakistan’s history and soon after PM Nawaz Sharif brought back hanging.
It means executions for terrorism-related cases for 500 jailed convicts whose appeal process has been exhausted can now go ahead.
All 500 will be killed in the "coming weeks,” according to one Pakistan government official.
Of the six hanged so far, five were involved in a failed attempt to assassinate the then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2003, while one was involved in a 2009 attack on army headquarters.
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The ongoing executions are happening amid a huge security clampdown, with police, troops and paramilitary commandos deployed across the country.
Major airports and prisons are on red alert and military operations against the Taliban have been stepped up.
Sharif has ordered the attorney general’s office to “actively pursue” execution cases currently in the courts, a government spokesman said.
But the decision to reinstate executions has been condemned by human rights groups, with the United Nations also calling for it to reconsider.
Human Rights Watch branded the executions “a craven politicised reaction to the Peshawar killings”.
Pakistan stopped executions in 2008, but hanging remains on the statute books and judges continue to pass death sentences.
Before Friday’s resumption, only one person had been executed since then – a soldier convicted by a court martial and hanged in November 2012.