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Pakistan Army Chief Confirms Death Sentences for 11 'Hardcore Terrorists'

In a statement on Saturday, the military said General Qamar Javed Bajwa also approved imprisonment for three people for their involvement in acts of terrorism. It says the 11 convicted Pakistani Taliban had killed 36 civilians and 24 troops in separate attacks in the country.

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Updated:May 6, 2018, 8:35 AM IST
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Pakistan Army Chief Confirms Death Sentences for 11 'Hardcore Terrorists'
File photo of Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
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Islamabad: Pakistan's army chief has confirmed death sentences for 11 "hardcore terrorists" after military courts found them guilty of carrying out multiple attacks that killed 60 civilians and security forces in recent years.

In a statement on Saturday, the military said General Qamar Javed Bajwa also approved imprisonment for three people for their involvement in acts of terrorism. It says the 11 convicted Pakistani Taliban had killed 36 civilians and 24 troops in separate attacks in the country.

The trials are closed to the public but defendants are allowed to hire lawyers.

Pakistan resumed military trials for militants and lifted a moratorium on the death penalty after a 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people, mostly young students.

The offences included attacks on armed forces and other law enforcement agencies, the destruction of various educational institutions and a deadly rampage at Bacha Khan University in the northwest in early 2016 that left 21 dead.

(With agency inputs)
| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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