COAS confirms death sentences to 22 hardcore terrorists

PESHAWAR: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed death sentences awarded to 22 hardcore terrorists involved in heinous offences related to terrorism.

According to the Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), the terrorists whose capital punishments have been confirmed were involved in attacks on the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, civilians and other heinous crimes. Their terrorist activities resulted into death of 176 persons, including 19 armed forces personnel 41 police and levies officials and 116 civilians, and injuring 217 others.

Those who were awarded death sentence include Khairuddin s/o Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Ishaq s/o Asim Khan, Inamullah s/o Khakay Khan, Alam Sher s/o Qayyum Khan, Irfan s/o Zar Khan Yousafzai, Muhammad Shafique s/o Aziz Ullah Jan, Sultan Mehmood s/o Syed Talib, Muhammad Tahir s/o Talimand, Zafar Ali s/o Muhammad Naeem, Umar Karim s/o Umar Rahim, Muhammad Sher Wali Khan s/o Usman Ghani, Rahmat Shah s/o Fawaz Khan, Bakhtawar s/o Muhammad Bar Khan, Rasheedullah s/o Shah Naseem, Faheemuddin s/o Andaz Gul, Zahir Shah s/o Syed Badshah, Said Muhammad s/o Sabzi Aman, Arab Jan s/o Shahi Khan, Muhammad Ishaq s/o Muhammad Ghafoor, Tanhaj Ali s/o Muhammad Zeb Khan, Abdul Rafee s/o Sarkamand, Muhammad Ishaq s/o Muhammad Ibrahim.

The convicted militants were tried by special military courts, which also awarded prison sentences to 15 other convicts and acquitted two others.

The COAS on 21 December had also confirmed death sentence awarded to 14 hardcore terrorists involved in heinous acts of terrorism.

The swift trial military courts were established in Pakistan in 2015 through a constitutional amendment with a ‘sunset clause’ for a period of two years after a heinous terrorist attack on the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar on 16 December, 2014, in which 149 people, mostly students were martyred. The term of the military courts was extended in January 2016 for another two years and this extension is also going to end on 6 January, 2019. Now the PTI government is planning to further extend the term of the military courts, but it faces an uphill task due to its tense ties with the opposition in the Parliament.