ISLAMABAD: A day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced to lift the ban on death penalties in terrorism cases, the Interior Ministry on Thursday forwarded 120 mercy appeals to the premier for consideration.
After a six-year moratorium on execution of death penalties, Prime Minister Nawaz on Wednesday allowed capital punishment for those who have already been sentenced to death in terrorism cases.
The move came following Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s devastating attack on the Army Public School and College in Peshawar on Tuesday which killed 148, people most of them children.
According to a report there are 522 criminals sentenced to death in terror and other cases related to serious crimes in the country. 11 of these criminals were convicted by a military court. The most death row convicts are from Punjab with 465, 14 are from Sindh, 30 from Khyber Pakhutunkhwa and 13 from Balochistan. More details
ISLAMABAD: Seventeen convicted terrorists, whose appeals and mercy petitions have been dismissed, will be executed in the next few days.
After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision to lift moratorium on death penalty in militant-related cases, these 17 terrorists will be first to be hanged, according to media reports.
Sources said the premier has been apprised of the first group of militants and that the process will take a few days. “Their death warrants will be issued and their relatives will be called in to have their last meeting with the 17 militants,” sources added.
Out of 17 terrorists, 10 belong to Punjab, six are from Sindh and one is from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Since the 2008 moratorium in Pakistan, only one man was executed in 2012. There are more than 8,000 convicted on death row, however due to the moratorium t More details
Khyber AgencY: Fifty seven terrorists have been killed in security forces air strikes in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asim Bajwa in his tweet message said twenty air strikes were carried out on hideouts of the terrorists.
The air strikes were launched after tragic terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar.
DG ISPR said Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif himself is reviewing the military operation in the militancy-hit tribal areas.
He said the operation is continuing. More details
ISLAMABAD: Jamat-e-Islami Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday said the people responsible to orchestrate the attack on Peshawar school on December 16, which led to 141 deaths – 132 out which were innocent defenseless students, do not deserve any leniency.
After the attack, Chief JUI (F) postponed his visit to Bahrain and reached Islamabad from London. Secretary General JUI (F) Maulana Abdul Ghafoor received Fazul Rehman at the airport.
Talking to the party leaders, Chief JUI (F) termed Peshawar attack as ‘national tragedy’ adding that the wounds would never be healed.
People responsible for the Peshawar massacre must be brought to justice making them an example for others. More details
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Thursday.
They reviewed the overall security situation in the country. They discussed host of issues, including political situation, national security issues and legislation to cope with terrorism.
Earlier, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also called on PM Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad and discussed overall security situation in the country. More details
LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s orders to lift ban on executions, authorities took measures for implementation on capital punishment for those sentenced to death in terrorism cases.
The PM, yesterday, lifted moratorium on executions and allowed capital punishment, a day after militants killed 141 people in attack on a school in Peshawar.
The assault on the army-run school in Peshawar, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history, has triggered widespread revulsion, as political and military leaders have vowed to wipe out terrorism.
Following the abolishment of moratorium, sources quoted by a private TV channel said, the executions are likely to begun from Friday.
Reports said there are ten death row prisoners in Punjab, six in Sindh and one in KPK whose appeals for mercy have been rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain.
According to the channel, a high-level meet More details
PESHAWAR: Sixteen key militant commanders including Mullah Fazlullah, Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, Hafiz Gul Bahadur, Saifullah and Mangal Bagh have been nominated in a case pertaining to attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that left 141 people dead.
According to media reports other nominated Tehreek-e-Taliban commanders include Hafiz Daulat, Sarwar Shah, Maulvi Faqir, Abdul Wali, Qari Shakeel, Aslam Farooqi Aurangzeb, and Jan Wali.
The First Information Report (F.I.R) has been registered at Machni Gate Police Station on behalf of Station House Officer (SHO) Sher Ali Khan.
Names of seven alleged suicide bombers including Abuzar, Umar, Imran, Yousaf, Uzair, Qari and Chamnay alias Chamtu have been mentioned in the F.I.R.
As per the document received from the Counter-Terrorism Department, Peshawar, the bombers have been identified as Abuzar, Umar, Imran, Yousaf, Uzair, Qari and Chamnay.
The suicide bombers were given training at Sheen D More details
Islamabad: The first meeting of the Anti Terrorism National Action Plan Committee has been summoned today (Friday).
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali will chair the meeting of the committee on 4:00 pm on Friday After Peshawar school carnage Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had summoned all parties conference on Wednesday to reach to a national strategy to deal with the menace of terrorism in the country.
The moot decided to constitute the National Action Plan Committee with representation from all political parties in the parliament.
Most of the political parties have nominated their representatives for the committee. Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will be represented by Chaudhry Nisar Ali and Abdul Qadir Baloch.
Pakistan People’s Party has named Senator Rehman Malik and Qamar Zaman Kaira on the com More details
Islamabad: New year is coming with relief for poor masses as petroleum prices sliding more down in coming month.
According to sources, the government has decided to reduce petroleum prices by Rs12 per litre from January 1.
Petrol price is expected to be cut by Rs10.15, high speed diesel Rs6, high octane Rs12, light diesel Rs6.30 and kerosene price might be reduced by Rs5 per litre.
The new petroleum prices will be applicable from January 1 after approval by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The cause of reduce prices is falling petroleum products cost in international markets. On other hand, LPG prices are gone higher. Chairman LPG Distribution Association, Irfan Khokar said that per kg price of LPG has been increased Rs. 10 to Rs. 20.
According to new prices, price domestic cylinder increased Rs. 150 More details
Peshawar: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday has said that the blood and sacrifices of the martyrs of Peshawar attack would never go in vain and that let alone worthy of being called Muslims, Taliban are not humans.
He also said that the enactment of the capital punishment is the right thing to do. The minister said that these terrorists were not human beings but worse than beasts. He said such elements are “Khawarji” and would be treated with irony hands.
Rafique vowed that war against terrorists would continue until to root out them from our soil. Moreover, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan has said that they wont spare the people responsible for the attack no matter wherever they are.
The Governor also said that the Operation Zarb-e-Azb would continue until the killing of the last terrorist.
The barbarians attacked innocent school-going children, he added.
Khan further sa More details