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Pakistan: 500 militants to face execution as government lifts ban on death penalty

  • Pakistan government plans to execute around 500 terror convicts in the coming days. This development comes in the wake of Peshawar school massacre following which the government lifted ban on the death penalty in terror cases. According to a senior government official, “the Interior ministry has finalized the cases of 500 convicts” whose mercy pleas have been rejected by the president.

    The fact that the executions of these militants will take place in coming weeks, has been confirmed by another government official. Out of the six militants who were hanged recently, five were involved in a failed attempt to assassinate Pervez Musharraf in 2003 and one was involved in the attack on the army headquarters in 2009.