Pak hangs militants involved in Peshawar School attack

RSTV Bureau
FILE: File Photo of injured children rescued from the Army School building after it was attacked by Taliban gunmen on December 16, 2014. Photo - PTI

FILE: File Photo of injured children rescued from the Army School building after it was attacked by Taliban gunmen on December 16, 2014.
Photo – PTI

The Pakistan establishment hanged four militants convicted for their involvement in a horrific attack on the army-run school in Peshawar last year. 141 people, which included 132 young children, were killed in the attack, described as one of the most barbaric terror offensive in Pakistan. The attack on school was strongly condemned worldwide, whereas Pakistan vowed to bring the culprits to justice.

According to the Pakistan security establishment, the four militants — Maulvi Abdus Salam, Hazrat Ali, Mujeebur Rehman and Sabeel alias Yahya — were executed in a civil jail in Kohat near Peshawar early on Wednesday.

On December 16, 2014, seven gunmen affiliated to Taliban-linked terror outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) had stormed inside the Army Public School in the north-western city of Peshawar, opening indiscriminate fire from their automatic weapons. 141 people were killed in the brutal attack and more than 100 kids were left wounded. Among those killed, 132 were young children ranging from 8 years to 18 years.

In a strong counter-offensive, all the seven gunmen were killed by the Pakistan security force, which also managed to safely rescue more than 960 people from the school complex.

AP12_17_2014_000001BThe attacks were condemned by the leaders throughout the world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called it “an attack on entire humanity”, while both the housed of the Parliament of India paid homage to the innocent victims of the terror attack in the neighbour nation.

The four militants hanged on Wednesday morning were arrested by the authorities soon after the incident. All of them were convicted by the special army courts set up after Peshawar massacre for speedy trial of militants.

Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif signed death warrants of four militants on Monday after their appeals were rejected by President Mamnoon Hussain last month.

The executions come as the country prepares to observe the first anniversary of the attack on December 16.

(With inputs from the PTI)