11 Taliban get capital punishment

Islamabad: Pakistan’s army chief signed on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said. The 11 were tried by military courts in closed-door trials. Pakistan started military trials for those suspected of terrorism after lifting a 2008 moratorium on the death penalty following the Peshawar school massacre that killed over 150, mostly kids, in late 2014. In cases of capital punishment handed down by military courts, the army chief is required to confirm the sentences. A Pakistani army statement late yesterday said General Raheel Sharif signed off on the sentences. It was not immediately known when the executions would take place. The 11 have the right to appeal. Four of the Taliban militants — identified as Maulvi Dilbar Khan, Hameedullah, Mohammad Nabi and Rehmatullah — confessed to killing a police chief and two senior army officers in a 2013 attack in Chilas, the statement said. The three officers were shot and killed during investigation of an earlier Taliban attack, which killed nine foreign climbers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat.