PESHAWAR: Another four hardcore terrorists belonging to proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have been executed at a jail in Khyber Pakhtonkhwa.
According to ISPR, the military’s public affairs wing, the convicted terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, destruction of communication/ electricity infrastructure, destruction of educational institutions, attacking armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies.
Terrorists – Muhammad Ibrahim, Rizwan Ullah, Sardar Ali and Sher Muhammad Khan – were handed down death sentence after their trial in the military courts.
All of the belonged to the banned TTP. They were found involved in killing of civilians, destruction of a bridge and attacking armed forces. He was also in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the Magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.
The ISPR statement said Rizwan Ullah was involved in killing of a civilian, kidnapping WAPDA employee and attacking law enforcers.
While Sardar Ali was involved in destructing an educational institution. He was also in possession of explosives.
Why military courts were set up?
The military courts earlier were created by a constitutional amendment after the deadliest terrorist attack in December 2014. The attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, in which gunmen killed more than 150 people—mostly children.
The Army intensified an operation against militants in the tribal areas and the government launched a National Action Plan, including the creation of the courts, against terrorism. The courts were seen as an “exceptional” short-term measure put in place to allow the government time to reform the criminal justice system.
The tenure of military courts was last extended after series of deliberations between political parties in March 2017.