Death penalty: 17 terrorists to be executed in coming days

Published: December 18, 2014
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Of the 17 militants, 10 belong to Punjab, 6 are from Sindh and one is from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. STOCK IMAGE

Of the 17 militants, 10 belong to Punjab, 6 are from Sindh and one is from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: Seventeen convicted terrorists, whose appeals and mercy petitions have been dismissed, will be executed in the next few days, sources in the PM House told The Express Tribune on Thursday.

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.

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 their executions could not be carried out.

The prime minister removed the moratorium on terror-related cases, but not on other offenses in the wake of December 16 attack on a school in Peshawar which killed at least 141 people, mostly students.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Maher
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:12PM

    Yes.. Excellent, its time to take some SERIOUS ACTION…..Recommend

  • Mirza
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:21PM

    One thing for sure Qadri a confessed killer would not be included in these. Only low profile people would be put to death while their leaders are free to do whatever they like. Even in jail they are treated like VIP and they continue their mission of hate.

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  • Paindoo
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:41PM

    A step in a right direction. We must show the terrorists that we will not spare those who have butchered our children along with their sympathizers.

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  • Sarah
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:48PM

    All terrorists that are in our custody should be hanged ASAP.

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  • Imran
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:54PM

    All they should must be executed on Public places……

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  • Xman
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:13PM

    Mr PM, the nation stands united with you. Enough is enough. Take all the action needed. Send a clear message to terrorists and killers of our children.

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  • Stranger
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:18PM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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  • sabi
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:19PM

    @Mirza:
    If its the job of humans I understand your apprehensions but if not, which I strongly believe its not,heaven is falling on big guns very soon. Grinder of God’s will has started on.Lo and behold!
    We may have mercy on them God will not.

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  • Syed_Syd
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:20PM

    Wonderful point raised Mirza. I was thinking about exactly the same thing! Qadri should be amongst the first ones to be executed, but the government is too scared of the Mullahs to follow the law in true spirit!

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  • pakistan
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:35PM

    Alhamdolillah….please do it now… no delays

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  • Hamza
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:50PM

    @Mirza I think Qadri’s case wasn’t Militancy related. It was more of a revenge sort of thing. As a result the current Death Penalty situation does not apply on him fortunately or unfortunately.

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  • by stander
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:50PM

    Justice would be that Qadri leads the first batch to the gallows and the appropriate day for this should the ” soyem ” of the innocent children of peshawar massacre.

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  • AAM ADMI
    Dec 18, 2014 - 1:57PM

    In addition to these Taliban terrorists, killers from Karachi, already convicted by the courts should also be hanged immediately; specially the Saulat Mirza & Ajmal Pahari should also be hanged immediately.

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  • Shaheryar
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:05PM

    And when these coming days will come ?????

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  • kashif
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:07PM

    It took 144 children martyrdom to awake sleeping government. Taliban/Terrorists any other group should all be hanged on roads to make example that any body who kill our children will not be spared.

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  • Fawad Gilani
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:11PM

    My only concern is with Pakistan losing its GSP Plus status with Europe. In which case however we should point out the work of Euopean institutions such as Transparency International in supporting the death penalty in Bangladesh and on their platform.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:26PM

    In coming days means what ?……..WHY NOT TODAY ?

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  • Hopeless
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:51PM

    8,000+ to be executed
    17 will be executed in upcoming days, lets say in 3 days
    It will take 2,667 days or 7 years to execute all terrorist/criminal….
    I hoped for better actions but sadly, they turned out to be mole in the mountain.

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  • Baba
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:53PM

    Demand an exact date so that I can begin to feel some closure!

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  • Baloch
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:57PM

    No one from Balochistan… u know y??? because they were already changed to mutilated bodies and thrown on road sides….

    People from Balochistan are convicted and punished at the time and there are delays for the ones from rest provinces.

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  • inam
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:58PM

    band on death penalty is wrong …..need some time like that for terrorist….those human right organi want to band ? if time come all are mullah

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  • Muhammad Sadiq
    Dec 18, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Kindly execute them publicly and in a manner that make people think 100 times before they plan anything bad.

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  • Visibly
    Dec 18, 2014 - 7:53PM

    What will hanging people stop future attacks?
    Killing people is an act of revenge. It is never a good act even when the person is terrible.
    Pakistan will benefit from learning about compassion, tolerance.
    After a similar experience in Norway (Breivik), we responded with roses, not killings.

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  • Bahadurkhan
    Dec 18, 2014 - 9:08PM

    By releasing zaki ur rehman lakvi, the dysfunctional court has ensured the death of the Hotel Taj survivors in bombay.

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  • pankaj mishra
    Dec 18, 2014 - 9:16PM

    a wise decision by sharif government.the brutality committed by these terrorists on the innocent school children is an example of satan act committed in the name of religion.
    The most shameful and cowardly act.By reestablishing death sentence a strong message
    has been delivered,on the contrary PML(N) government should stop the dialog process with
    the said terrorists.Recommend

  • Asif
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:28PM

    So rapist, kidnappers and murderers are still safe?

    Of course we can never expect Nawaz Sharif and his ally Zardari to ever implement the death penalty or for that matter any penalty for corruption and killing of their political opponents or workers.

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  • Dilip
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:33PM

    It sad to see young children being killed. Killed for the explicit reason of revenge. Will the killings ever stop ? The army and airforce will strike and kill the taliban in Waziristan. There will be women and children also killed in the encounters. They will be termed as collateral damage. When will this killings stop ? The Taliban are every where. They could be your neighbour. How do we solve this problem ?

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  • Assad
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:47AM

    @Mirza:
    Dont agree. The ones on the death row are all key leaders and planners.

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  • Azam Khan
    Dec 19, 2014 - 8:36AM

    @Baloch:
    My Baloch brother there is some truth in what you have said; but most of it is propaganda
    either from an neighboring enemy country or a politician to make political gains.
    Insha Allah we will all be together and will overcome all our problems soon.

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  • tiger
    Dec 19, 2014 - 2:53PM

    @Baloch:
    Well good for Baluchistan.. we want the same to be done in the rest of the provinces.. kill them and ask questions later.

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  • tiger
    Dec 19, 2014 - 3:00PM

    we should stop negotiation with these terrorist.. no foreigner can operate in a country without local support.. find the local guy… if he hides.. find his family.. kill em all.. if a village is providing protection to a foreigner get the whole village. Kickout afghans.. uzbeks.. arabs.. whoever is here illegally.. Make peace with even India.. but get these terrorist.. have joint operation with Americans to get these.. dasterds.. go after them into Afghanistan if we have to… People should fear Pakistan Army more than these terrorist…

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  • abbas jamali
    Dec 20, 2014 - 1:23PM

    All terrorists /rapist / killers including Qadri killer of Salman Taseer must be hanged ,Recommend

  • nasir mir
    Dec 20, 2014 - 11:04PM

    This is an angry reaction and angry reactions backfire. The reaction is so hard because the Army’s children have been targetted. This just shows how powerfull the Army officers are in Pakistan. There have been more brutal attacks before on mosques of innocents, but since those killed were poor, and did not affect army officers directly, it did not care. It just shows in spite of our claiming to be a islamic society, we are still a feudal society where the elite officers lives are more valued. Nothing will changes in Pakistan unless army policy makers stop policy of brainwashing people with a limited narrow interpretation of islam, army believes in the fantasy that they can selectivly use religion based militant groups against India/afghanistan / america and at the same time preveng these groups from making pakistani society hollow from inside. May Allah save pakistan. The future looks more dark.
    Nasir Mir
    A Pakistani citizen

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  • asd
    Dec 21, 2014 - 1:29AM

    Raheel took the decision and told the PM. Nawaz had no choice but to tag along….so, not much leadership displayed there except for being forced into it and not having much choice. Nawaz’s lacklustre leadership is evident in Ch Nisar leading the committee to formulate a bit terrorism strategy recommendations. Which committee ever changed the course of history for a nation?

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  • kulwant singh
    Dec 21, 2014 - 4:43PM

    @Muhammad Sadiq: During the British rule the Malwa mainly Jabalpur are was infacted with Thugs who looted the people and a day came when they were arrested and hanged on the trees on the main road and there bodies remained in this position for many days but lannat of Thugs ended immediately.

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