Islamabad: Pakistani Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday confirmed the death sentences awarded to 10 terrorism-accused, it was officially stated.
These “hard-core terrorists” were tried and convicted by military court, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations statement.
The convicts were members of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and were involved in the killing of innocent civilians, polio workers, non-governmental organisation employees, police officials and armed forces personnel, the statement said.
The statement identified the convicts as Mohammad Shahid; Hussain Shah; Zafar Iqbal; Anwer Zeb; Obaid ur Rehman; Sher Alam; Atta Ullah; Mushtaq Khan; Asghar Khan and Shams Ul Qamar.
In January 2015, around a dozen military courts were set up through a constitutional amendment for two years, following massacre of over 130 students by terrorists at an army run state school.
Until mid-2016, the courts had found 81 guilty after trials and of them 77 accused had been awarded death sentences while four had been given life sentences.
The International Commission of Jurists recently called on the Pakistan government not to extend the 21st Amendment, which is due to expire in coming January.
It has also urged that Pakistan reinstate a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty in law and practice.