11 Taliban Militants Given Death Penalty By Pak Army Courts

| } May 4 , 2016 , 18:04 IST
deathpenalty-justertEleven "hardcore" Pakistani Taliban militants have been handed down the death penalty by military courts for committing heinous terror offences and the army chief confirmed on Tuesday their sentences, the military said. The army said that the "11 hardcore terrorists" were "involved in committing heinous offences related to terrorism", which included killing and kidnapping civilians, attacks on the armed forces and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and destruction of schools and communication infrastructure. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif today confirmed the death sentences of the 11 convicts tried by military courts, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The details of trial and conviction dates, venue etc were not fully shared by the military authorities. Army courts were established after Peshawar school attack in December 2014 that killed over 150 people, mostly school children, and so far several militants have been convicted and some of them have already been hanged. The 11 terrorists whose death sentence was confirmed on Tuesday belonged to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan which has been carrying out attacks against the military and the government. Pakistan army has been engaged in a full-scale offensive against Taliban and other militants in Pakistan's tribal belt of North Waziristan and Khyber since June 2014.