Monday, December 22, 2014

Pakistan to Execute 500 Terror Suspects Soon; Due to Recent Killing of 149 at Pakistani School

The government of Pakistan plans to execute around 500 terror convicts in the next few weeks in response to last week's killing of 149 people -- including 133 children -- at a military-run Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar by the local branch of the Taliban, the Christian Post website reports today (December 22, 2014).

Days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's announcement about the lifting of the six-year moratorium on the death penalty for terrorism-related cases, Pakistani's interior minister is taking a tough stand against terrorism, even though at least six terrorists have been hanged since December 19.

"Interior ministry has finalized the cases of 500 convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president, and their executions will take place in coming weeks," a senior anonymous government official said today.

A government spokesperson added that the "prime minister has also issued directions for appropriate measures for early disposal of pending cases related to terrorism."

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