COAS confirms death penalty for seven terrorists

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentences awarded to seven hardcore terrorists, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The terrorists were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking law enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan, the ISPR said in a statement, adding the seven convicted terrorists were involved in the killing of 85 people and were responsible for injuring to 109 others. The convicts were tried by military courts.

According to the ISPR, five more convicts were awarded imprisonment of various durations. According to details issued by the ISPR, Atlas Khan son of Mada Mir Jan and Yousaf Khan son of Mir Azam Khan were members of a proscribed organization and involved in attacking armed forces of Pakistan. The convicts admitted their offences before the magistrate and the trial court. Both convicts were awarded death sentences.

Farhan son of Seen Gul was member of a proscribed organisation. He was involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacks on law enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan, which resulted in death of ASI Jan Daraz Khan and two other police officials, Subedar Irfan, Naib Subedar Abudullah as well as 12 other soldiers. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

Khalay Gul son of Niaz Min Gul and Nazar Moon son of Akimoon were members of a proscribed organisation. They were involved in attacking law enforcement agencies of Pakistan. These convicts admitted their offences before the magistrate and the trial court and were awarded death sentences.

Nek Maeel Khan son of Amal Khan was also member of a proscribed organization and involved in attacking law enforcement agencies of Pakistan. He was found in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

Akbar Ali son of Bakhtiar was member of a proscribed organisation. He was involved in killing of civilians Shahi Rahman and Badi ur Rahman, both members of village defence committee in Swat. He was also found in possession of firearms. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

Published in Daily Times, February 10th 2018.