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Meeting called to discuss death penalty implementation

Meeting called to discuss death penalty implementation

phansiISLAMABAD: Secretary Interior summoned a meeting on the first working day of the week to discuss the implementation of death sentence.

According to sources, all four Inspector Generals of police, IG Jails and officers of the home department will attend the meeting.

The meeting has been called to broach the issue relating the prisoners on death row and take stock of security of sensitive jails.

The sources said the officials will contemplate over the possibility of handing the security of sensitive prisons to the paramilitary contingents.

It should be mentioned here that Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, Thursday undersigned the death warrants for six terrorists convicted by Field General Court Martial (FGMC) for their acts of terrorism in the recent past.

“COAS today signed death warrants of 6 hardcore terrorists (pending execution) convicted by FGCM in accordance with law,” Director-General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a tweet.

The decision to execute the militants on death row was taken after the government ended a moratorium on capital punishment in terror-related cases, following Peshawar tragic incident in which Taliban extremists killed over 148 people most of them children.

Security officials said the six were convicted by a military court and were awaiting execution.

The announcement came hours after the government warned prison officials of a possible jailbreak in the restive northwest province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa following the end of the moratorium.

It is not clear when the executions will be carried out but a senior security official said the six would be hanged “within days”.

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