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Army chief ratifies death sentence of 11 ‘hardcore terrorists’

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RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Raheel Sharif Tuesday ratified death sentence of 11 ‘hardcore terrorists’ tried by the military courts, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Military courts in the country had sentenced eleven Taliban militants to death for terrorism-related offences, said the ISPR in a statement.

The ‘hardcore terrorists’ had been convicted of offences including killing and kidnapping civilians, attacks on the armed forces and police, and destruction of schools and communications infrastructure, it read.

The 11 convicts belonged to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is waging a bloody insurgency against the military and the government.

Pakistan has been battling this insurgency for over a decade following its decision to side with the US-led coalition which toppled the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

Since June 2014 its troops have been engaged in a full-scale offensive against Taliban and other militants in the North Waziristan and Khyber tribal districts in the northwest.

The fight gained renewed impetus following a Taliban massacre at a Peshawar army school in December 2014 in which 134 children were killed.

The attack sparked widespread outrage and led to a series of measures aimed at combating terror.

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