Pakistan announces death penalty for six militants behind Peshawar school attack


ISLAMABAD: ISPR on Thursday announced the death penalty for six militants linked to an assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mainly school children, in the country’s deadliest terror attack.

The men were convicted by military courts established in the wake of the December 16 siege last year, while a seventh man was handed a life sentence for his role in the attack.

“The convicts were given fair trial by following all the legal formalities and offering/ providing them legal aid and defence counsels. Today the sentences of death have been confirmed by the Chief of Army Staff,” a statement issued on the military’s website said.

The army also announced it would execute another man for carrying out an attack on soldiers in the city of Karachi.

The attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar led to widespread outrage, with officials announcing a slew of measures aimed at combatting terror.

The government lifted a six-year moratorium on executions — initially only for people convicted of terrorism but later extended to all capital offences.

Source: AFP

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