Death penalty handed out to Taliban group
Pakistan court ruling over police killing
Pakistan’s army chief has signed off 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.
The 11 were tried by military courts in closed-door trials, the army said.
Pakistan started military trials for those suspected of terrorism in late 2014, after lifting a 2008 moratorium on the death penalty following the Peshawar school massacre that killed more than 150, mostly children.
In cases of capital punishment handed down by military courts, the army chief is required to confirm the sentences.
A Pakistani army statement 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 northern Pakistani district of Chilas, the statement said.
The three officers were shot and killed during their investigation of an earlier Taliban attack, which killed nine foreign climbers at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, one of the tallest peaks in the world.
So far, some 207 Taliban militant suspects have gone on trial before military courts, and verdicts for 88 of them have been announced, army spokesman Gen Asim Bajwa told Dunya News TV.
The Pakistani Taliban and allied militant groups have been waging a war on the state for over a decade, killing tens of thousands.
The army in 2014 launched wide-scale operations targeting militant sanctuaries in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas. Major operations there are now almost finished, Bajwa said, adding that the military now was focusing on intelligence-based operations against militants in Pakistani cities.
Human rights groups have raised concerns over proceedings before military courts, which are off limits to the media and the public.