Pakistan executes four Peshawar school attack convicts

Four convicts of Peshawar school attack that killed more than 140 people hanged by Pakistani authorities

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A man holds picture of a student of Army Public School killed by Taliban militants, in a gallery dedicated by the provincial government for the victims of the school attack at the first anniversary, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on 15 December 2015

Pakistan hanged four convicts of Peshawar school attack on Tuesday at a prison in the northwestern town of Kohat, Pakistan.

A senior security official said names of the convicts were Noor Saeed, Murad Khan, Inayat Ullah and Israr Uddin.

"These prisoners were given death sentence by military courts on the charges of facilitating suicide bombings, causing damage to educational institutions, providing explosive materials to suicide bombers, providing vehicles to terrorists and murder of armed forces personnel," the official said.

Death sentences were given to six militants affiliated with the Tehrik-i Taliban on August 2015, after seven militants carried out a deadly assault on the Army Public School in Peshawar on December 2014 and killed at least 150 people, including 133 children. One other militant sentected to lifelong imprisonment.

Plea of convicts and mercy petition was not accepted by the Pakistani Supreme Court and president.

The military courts established in January has been strongly criticized by human rights groups saying that the courts were not transparent enough and have not reached the fair trial standarts.

However, the Pakistani military said in response to the objections by rights groups that “the convicts were given a fair trial by following all the legal formalities and offering/ providing them legal aid and defense counsels” in a statement issued on the military’s website.

First two militants sentenced to death on August were executed on December 2.

TRTWorld and agencies