Two Sipah-e-Sahaba militants hanged in Multan

Published: January 7, 2015
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Ghulam Shabir Arif and Ali Ahmed Arif were on death row since 2002. PHOTO: AFP

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.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • SEAsian
    Jan 7, 2015 - 11:10AM

    What about the terrorists who are killing Indian women and children?

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  • ABKhan
    Jan 7, 2015 - 11:28AM

    Bad day for PML-N

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  • Haider
    Jan 7, 2015 - 11:43AM

    @SEAsian
    and what about those who killed 50 Pakistanis in Samjhota Express Attack.

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  • A J Khan
    Jan 7, 2015 - 12:28PM

    good Job

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  • Asim
    Jan 7, 2015 - 12:40PM

    @SEAsian No killing can be condoned. However, India should withdraw its forces from Kashmir because their forces are operating in Pakistani land and freedom fighting cannot be linked to terrorism. Indian government may want to view the two thing with same prism but if you apply this approach, even the American founders will be considered terrorist in the eye of Great Britain.

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  • asif
    Jan 7, 2015 - 12:40PM

    SEAsian,

    what about those who are funding TTP, as admitted by Ajit Doval?

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  • Stranger
    Jan 7, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish !!!

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  • jamal
    Jan 7, 2015 - 12:42PM

    Welcome news, like a breath of fresh air.

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  • Abdullah
    Jan 7, 2015 - 1:09PM

    @SEAsian : What about indian forces who are martyring innocent people in Occupied Kashmir and on the Border? How about hanging them too?

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  • Candid1
    Jan 7, 2015 - 1:38PM

    Bury them in unmarked graves, so that no trace remains of these barbarians and their disgusting ideologies.

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Jan 7, 2015 - 5:14PM

    Thanks ET for naming the murderous banned organization behind these names. Sipahe Sahaba and LeJ need to be eliminated. Good start.

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  • sardarzaheer
    Jan 7, 2015 - 5:55PM

    step in right directions all of them and their supporters…

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  • LuvPak
    Jan 7, 2015 - 8:08PM

    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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  • Imran Qadri
    Jan 7, 2015 - 10:31PM

    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”.

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