South Asia

Pakistan executes two militants

Pakistan on Friday executed two men convicted for attacks on Army headquarters and the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, days after the country lifted its moratorium on the death penalty.

The two are among 17 terrorists who will be executed in the first phase after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended self-imposed moratorium in the wake of Tuesday’s Peshawar school massacre.

Aqeel, alias Dr. Usman, was captured alive during the attack at Rawalpindi’s Army General Headquarters in 2009 and sentenced to death, while Arshad Mehmood, also known as Mehrban, was convicted for an assassination attempt on Musharraf.

Major private TV channels, including Geo and Dunya TV, reported that both Aqeel and Mehmood were hanged at about 9.00 pm (local time) in Faisalabad jail. Medical check-up of both militants was conducted and they were allowed to record their last will before executions.

No official was immediately available to comment on the executions. Army Chief General Raheel Sharif signed death warrants on Thursday night of six militants involved in terrorism against the armed forces.


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