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COAS Gen Bajwa confirms death sentences of 13 ‘hardcore terrorists’

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentences of 13 ‘hardcore terrorists’, Inter-Services Public Relations said in a press release.

The 13 were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including the killing and slaughtering of innocent civilians, officials of law enforcement agencies and the armed forces, ISPR said.

The development comes as Pakistan marks the second anniversary of the horrific attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School in 2014, in which at least 144 people most of them children were killed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan gunmen.

Read more: 144 stories: Remembering lives lost in the Peshawar school attack

APS attack mastermind Umar Mansour was also behind the attack on Charsadda’s Bacha Khan University earlier this year.

The ISPR statement today said the suspected terrorists were involved in the planning and execution of the Bacha Khan, Parade Lane mosque, Marriott Hotel and World Vision NGO attacks, as well as an attack on an educational institution at Nawagai, Buner.

“On the whole, they were involved in killing 325 persons and in causing injuries to 366 others. Firearms and explosives were also recovered from their possession. These convicts were tried by military courts,” ISPR said.

The power of military courts to try civilians is likely to end in a month as the government does not appear interested in extending the relevant amendment to the Constitution, which will lapse on Jan 2.

On Jan 3, 2015, parliament passed the 21st Constitution Amendment after the APS attack, bringing the civilian suspects of terrorism under the jurisdiction of the military courts which are otherwise meant to try personnel of the armed forces for disciplinary reasons or for offences mentioned in the schedule of the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952.
Details of the ‘terrorists’ provided by ISPR are as follows:

Latif Ullah Mehsud s/o Ramzan The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacking LEAs of Pakistan, which resulted in the deaths of 150 civilians (members and attendees of a local jirga) and 7 soldiers of the Frontier Constabulary. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded a death sentence.

Arafat s/o Gul Zarin The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in attacking Marriot Hotel Islamabad and Parade Lane mosque Rawalpindi, which resulted in death of 110 persons and injuries to 330 others. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded a death sentence.

Wahid Ali s/o Abdul Ali, Akbar Ali s/o Kareem Ullah, Muhammad Riaz s/o Muhammad Diyar Khan, and Noor Ullah s/o Muhammad Diyar Khan These four convicts were members of proscribed organisation. They were involved in attacking Bacha Khan University Charsadda, which resulted in death of 17 civilians and injuries to 19 others. They were also found in possession of fire arms and explosives. These convict admitted their offences before the magistrate and the trial court. They were awarded the death sentence.

Abdul Rehman s/o Abdul Majeed The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in attacking armed forces and LEAs. He was also involved in the killing of Capt Najam Riaz Raja, Capt Juniad Khan, Naik Shahid Rasool, Lance Naik Shakeel Ahmed and injuring of two police officials. He was involved in destruction of an education institution as well. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded the death sentence.

Mian Said Raheem s/o Mian Aqal Jan The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of 15 civilians including members of local Jirga and civilian Imran who was slaughtered by another terrorist with his assistance. He was also found in possession of fire arms. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded the death sentence.

Noor Muhammad s/o Shah Wali The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of Naik Nadeem Yousaf and injuries to 7 soldiers of Frontier Constabulary. He was also involved in abduction of civilian Dr Syed Jamshed Haider for ransom. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded the death sentence.

Sher Ali s/o Mambar. The convict was a member of proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of Naib Subedar Abdul Khaliq, Naik Qaiser Khan, Sepoy Mohsin Khan, Sepoy Imran Khan, Sepoy Sarfraz Ahmed, Sepoy Muhammad Ali, Sepoy Sajid Khan and injuries to 5 soldiers. The convict also abetted other terrorists in killing of civilians Muhammad Afzal Khan, Shah Dawran and Aman Ullah. He was also found in possession of fire arms. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded the death sentence.

Syed Qasim Shah s/o Syed Amin Shah The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in attacking office of World Vision NGO, which resulted in death of 6 employees of said NGO. He was also found in possession of explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded the death sentence.

Muhammad Usman s/o Khair Ali Khan The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in killing of civilians Abdul Rehman, Jamshed, Mst Naheed Bibi and Mst Nasreen Bibi. He was also found in possession of fire arms and explosives. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded the death sentence.

Muhammad Waqar Faisal s/o Ghulam Sadiq The convict was a member of proscribed organisation. He was involved in killing of police constable Asad Abbas and in injuring a police constable and two civilians. The convict admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.

Courtesy : Dawn News

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