Two Sipah-e-Sahaba militants hanged in Multan

Ghulam Shabir Arif and Ali Ahmed Arif were on death row since 2002

Web Desk/reuters January 07, 2015
Ghulam Shabir Arif and Ali Ahmed Arif were on death row since 2002. PHOTO: AFP

MULTAN: Two members of banned Sipah-e-Sahaba were hanged in Multan Central Jail, Wednesday morning, making them the latest in a string of executions after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty.

Ghulam Shabir Arif and Ali Ahmed Arif were on death row since 2002. Ghulam had killed Deputy Superintendent of Police, Anwar Khan and his driver while Ali was accused of killing three men.

"The two terrorists, Ali and Ghulam, were executed early this morning. Both were involved in murder cases and both belonged to Sipah-e-Sahaba," said Saeedullah Gondal, an official at the central jail in the city of Multan.

Following the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which killed 148 people, most of them children, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the ban on executions in terrorism cases. Nine persons have been hanged since then.

Strict security measures were put in place during the latest executions and unauthorised persons were not allowed to enter the prison during the time of the hangings.

Following the executions, the bodies were sent to a morgue.

Human rights groups say they believe Pakistan has about 8,000 prisoners on death row with more than 500 of them sentenced for terrorist offences.


Imran Qadri | 9 years ago | Reply

Clearly these murderers exhausted all possible legal options and were convicted from court of law,but when someone is talking about the crime they committed then obviously they would say that these criminals were "accused of killing two police officials".

LuvPak | 9 years ago | Reply

For your information: Once a criminal is proven and so convicted in a Court of Law, he is not "ACCUSED" anymore but CONVICTED! Accusing is just blaming without proof! Please stop playing with Pak Citizens for few more buck of advertisement from foreign viewers!

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