Pushed by the killings of hundreds of school kids in Peshawar attack by Taliban gunmen, authorities in Pakistan were Friday making last-moment preparations to execute two feared terrorists convicted for their roles in attacks at army headquarters and former army chief Pervez Musharraf.
Aqeel alias Dr Usman and Arshad Mehmood are among 17 other terrorists who are set to be hanged in the initial phase days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, shaken by the school massacre that left 148 people dead, mostly students, announced an end to his self-imposed moratorium on executions in the Islamic country.
To send a strong signal to terrorists, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif signed death warrants of six persons involved in terrorism against armed forces on Thursday night.
Geo News, a private TV channel in Pakistan, reported that 45 people would be executed in the second phase.
Officials said that there was no legal hurdle in carrying out the executions as the President had already rejected their appeals for a mercy petition.
Tempers have been raised in Pakistan and the rest of the world following the massacre of school kids in an Army-run school in Pakistan by Taliban gunmen who said they were seeking revenge for the death of their cadres in an Army operation, Zarb-e-Azab in the country’s northwest.
Activists, enraged at the killings of kids as young as 11, have been calling for public hangings of the terrorists to what they termed as sending a signal that the country was united in its fight against terrorism and extremism.