PESHAWAR, 3 September: The military courts have awarded death sentences to five militants and life imprisonment to another militant involved in blowing up a girls’ school in Khyber Agency.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has also approved these sentences. It said Tahir Shah, affiliated with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was awarded death sentence after he confessed to attacking Bannu Jail to free his fellow militants and killing a soldier. Similarly, death sentences were awarded to four other militants confessing their role in terrorist attacks in Lahore, Karachi and Quetta.

The ISPR said Qari Ameen was awarded life imprisonment for blowing up a girls’ school in Khyber Agency and providing funds for militant activities.

The military courts were established through a constitutional amendment after a terrorist attack on the Army Public School and College in Peshawar on 16 December, 2014. The purpose of establishing these courts was to carry out trials of terrorism cases on fast track basis. Those convicted by the military courts have right to challenge their sentences in the high courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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