Pakistan

COAS confirms death penalty to nine 'hard core' terrorists

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif today endorsed the death sentences of nine ‘hard core terrorists’ handed by military courts, ARY News reported.

“The terrorists were involved in attack on Maj Gen Sanaullah, Col Tauseef, killing of civilians and security personnel in KPK, suicide attack on a Naushera mosque as well as sectarian killings in Mastung,” announced ISPR spokesman Maj Gen Asim Salim Bajwa through Twitter.

“Along with these, another terrorist was awarded for life,” he added.

The ISPR detailed the names of convicts and their crimes as follows:

1. Civilian Said Zaman Khan S/O Said Nawaz Khan. The convict was an active member of Harkat Ul Jehad-e-Islami. He was found involved in attacking the Armed Forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which resulted in death of 6 soldiers, injuries to 5 soldiers and damage to Govt property. He admitted his offence before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded sentence of death.

2. Civilian Obaid Ullah S/O Muhammad Azam Baloch. The Convict was an an active member of Harkat Ul Jehad-e-Islami. He was found involved in attacking the Armed Forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which resulted in death of 2 Soldiers and injuries to 18 Soldiers, possessing a suicide jacket, fire arms / explosives and fabricating huge quantity of explosives. He admitted his offence before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was on 6 charges and awarded death sentence.

3. Civilian Mehmood S/O Khawaza Khan. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban. He was found involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies using improvised Explosive Devices and Rocket Launchers in Kyber Pakhtunkhwa which resulted in death of 2 soldiers and injuries to 13 soldiers. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded death sentences.

4. Civilian Qari Zubair Muhammad S/O Sakhi Muhammad. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban. He was found involved in abetting a suicidal attack on a mosque in Nowshera, which resulted in death 2 soldiers, 3 civilians and injuries to 81 persons as well as possessing firearms/ explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 7 charges and awarded death sentences.

5. Civilian Rab Nawaz S/O Shahi Room. The convict was an active member of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was involved in killing of two civilians, processing firearms and abetting attack on Armed Forces at Peshawar which resulted in death of 2 soldiers and severe injuries to another. He admitted his offences before Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded death sentence.

6. Civilian Muhammad Sohail S/o Zahoor Ahmed. The Convict was an active member of Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan. He was found involved in attack on Armed forces of Pakistan in KPK which resulted in injuries to soldiers. He was also involved in abetting attack on Bannu jail, owing to which, large number of terrorists managed to escape from the jail and also resulted in injuries to 2 police constables and a soldier of frontier constabulary. He admitted his offence before magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded death sentence.

7. Civilian Muhammad Imran S/O Muhammad Hanif. The convict was an active member of proscribed organization. He was found involved in sectarian killings at Mastung which resulted in death of 27 persons. He was also found involved in attacking the Law Enforcement Agencies, possessing fir-arms and explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded death sentence.

8. Civilian Aslam Khan S/O Rozi Khan. The convict was an active member of Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He was found involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies and civilians, which resulted in death of 4 persons including 1 soldier and injuries to 9 persons including 5 soldiers. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 4 charges and awarded death sentence.

9. Civilian Jameel ur Rehman S/O Sher Rehman. The convict was an active member of Tahreek-e-Taliban (Swat). He was found involved in attacking military convoy which caused death of Maj General Sana Ullah, General Officer Commanding, Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef Ahmed and Lance Naik Muhammad Irfan Sattar. He was also involved in kidnapping and slaughtering the employees of Armed Forces and Frontier Constabulary, killing and injuring civilians and planting Improvised Explosive Devices to cause damage to Govt property. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 8 charges and awarded death sentence.

10. Civilian Jamshed Raza S/O Allah Ditta. The convict was an active member of Harkat ul Jehad-e-Islami. He was found involved in attacking the Armed Forces of Pakistan including killing of 2 soldiers, possessing fire arms and explosives. He admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on 3 charges and awarded the sentence of imprisonment for life.

Pakistan lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty and announced the establishment of military courts in the case of terror offences in the wake of a Taliban massacre that killed 154 people, mostly schoolchildren, in December.

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