Pakistan lifts ban on execution of terrorists

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday lifted the ban on capital punishment, allowing to hang the sentenced terrorists in jails.

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— PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial) December 17, 2014

The approval was given by the prime minister a day after 142 persons including 132 innocent children became victims of a deadly terrorist attack at an army public school in Peshawar.

“The prime minister has abolished the moratorium on death penalty in terrorism-related cases,” the PM office said.

1422 prisoners waiting death penalties across Punjab, include over 200 TTP terrorists, GHQ attacker Aqeel Usman expected to be hanged first

— JAAG TV (@JaagAlerts) December 17, 2014

Meanwhile, in a statement prior to leaving for Peshawar to participate in an all political parties conference, the prime minister vowed to eliminate every terrorist in the country chasing them to their hideouts.

The prime minister said that time has come to take to task all the elements who martyred our children.

Sharif said that the ongoing military operation Zarb-e Azb in the North Waziristan tribal region has broken the backbone of the terrorists.

We must support PM Nawaz in his decision to reinstitute Executions for all those whose appeals have finished; start with Terrorists of TTP

— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) December 17, 2014

Nawaz Shareef finally lifts ban on death sentence! why did he have to get our children slaughtered first to do this ? Criminal murderer !! — Zaid Hamid (@ZaidZamanHamid) December 17, 2014

Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures — Marvi Memon (@marvi_memon) December 17, 2014

Earlier on Tuesday in a press conference in Islamabad, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) General Secretary Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri said that a moratorium on death penalty is encouraging terrorists and has limited counter-terrorism actions in the country.

The JUI-F general secretary condemned the terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar and said that the state has no right to suspend the death penalty.

“Only a victim’s kin has the right to pardon the killer with or without taking compensation. This is an Islamic way of justice and being an ideological state Pakistan should have Islamic laws,” Ghafoor Haidri said.