Pakistan Set To Execute 500 Terror Convicts

500 terror convicts set to be executed in coming weeks

On Monday, Officials announced in a press release, that Pakistan plans on executing more than 500 terror convicts throughout the coming month. This announcement comes after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases, following a Taliban school massacre.

Taliban school massacre photos:

Since last Friday, six militants have been hanged. The public is demanding reassurance of military control, and justice over Tuesday’s slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children.

The Taliban school massacre was the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.

500 terror convicts

PHOTO: Blood is visible, with chairs upturned following a school attack in Peshawar.

The execution cases are finalized for 500 terror convicts.

“Interior ministry has finalized the cases of 500 terror convicts who have exhausted all the appeals, their mercy petitions have been turned down by the president and their executions will take place in coming weeks,”

a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A second official confirmed the information.

Of the six hanged so far, five were involved in a failed attempt to assassinate then military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2003, while one was involved in a 2009 attack on the army headquarters.

In Karachi, the Sindh High Court suspended the death warrants of two terror convicts just a day before they were due to go to the gallows.

Human Rights Watch on Saturday condemned the executions as “a craven politicized reaction to the Peshawar killings.” The United Nations also calling for Pakistan to reconsider, AFP reported.

500 terror convicts:

A message from the mothers, “Enough.”

For the more on the Taliban school massacre story and a photo storyboard, please click here.

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