Pakistan army chief confirms death penalty of 11 hardcore terrorists


ISLAMABAD, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Raheel Sharif, confirmed the death sentence on Tuesday to another 11 “hardcore terrorists”, who were involved in committing heinous offences related to terrorism, the military said.

The convicts were involved in the killing of intelligence and police officers in Balochistan province.

“These terrorists also include those who were involved in sectarian killings, kidnapping and slaughtering of civilians and personnel of Frontier Constabulary and killing of Major Abdid Majeed of Pakistan Army,” a military statement said.

They also planned and executed a number of attacks on Law Enforcement Agencies and Armed forces of Pakistan. They were also involved in destruction of Schools and communication infrastructure. These convicts were tried by military courts.

The convicts belonged to the Taliban and other militant groups.

The army courts were set up after the terrorist attack on an army school in December 2014 for the speedy trial of the terrorism-related accused.

The convicts have the right to appeal to the president under the law. The president has previously rejected all mercy petitions in terrorism-related cases.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had advised the president to reject all mercy petitions of the militants as they have been responsible for the killing of the security personnel and civilians.

Editor: Xiang Bo