Army chief signs death warrants of 11 militants


ISLAMABAD: Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has confirmed the death sentences passed by military courts on 11 militants over various attacks on security forces as well as civilians that left dozens dead, the military said Saturday.

A statement issued by the military said that in total the assault left 60 dead — “36 civilians, 24 armed forces, Frontier Constabulary and police officials” — while a further 142 people were injured.

The offenses included attacks on armed forces and other law enforcement agencies, the destruction of various educational institutions and a deadly rampage at Bacha Khan university in the northwest in early 2016 that left 21 dead.

“The army chief also confirmed life imprisonment for three convicts,” the statement added.

Saturday’s statement did not give a date for the executions, but hangings have often been carried out within 24-48 hours in the past.— AFP