Pakistan executes seven terror convicts in Sindh, Punjab

KARACHI: Seven convicted terrorists were hanged in Karachi, Sukkur, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad on Tuesday morning.

The executions came a day after Peshawar Army Public School resumed classes after witnessing a deadly militant attack that saw around 150 people mostly children killed on December 16, prompting the government to lift a moratorium on the capital punishment.

Behram Khan, convicted of a murder, was hanged in a detention facility in Karachi. He was found guilty of having murdered a lawyer in a courtroom in 2003.

Khan was handed down death punishment in 2004 by an anti-terrorism court while his review petitions were also rejected by the the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Behram Khan was hanged after the President of Pakistan rejected his appeal for clemency.

Similarly, three other prisoners who had been on a death row in Sukker Prison were sent to gallows.

Shahid Hanif, Talha Hussain and Khalil Ahmed were sentenced to death after being found guilty of murdering Zafar Hussain Shah, a Director of Ministry of Defence in Karachi in 2001.

Mushtaq Ahmed and Nawazish Ali convicted in Musharrf attack case were executed in Faisalabad’s District Jail amid tight security outside the prison.

A death row prisoner Zulfiqar Ali, who was sentenced to death for killing two policemen, was hanged In Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

Besides hangings, the country is about to setup speedy trial courts to be headed by military officers as part of National Action Plan against terrorism.

The lower and the upper houses of the Parliament this month passed an amendment to provide constitutional protection to the military courts.