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Govt ignores TTP threat, to execute three militants

Updated Aug 14, 2013 06:49am


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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali. — File Photo
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Despite threats by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the government has decided to carry out the execution of condemned prisoners and the death penalty for the first batch of terrorists belonging to outlawed groups will be implemented next week.

While the TTP has issued a ‘warning’ to the government to refrain from implementing the death penalties of its members, the interior minister says the new government is determined to establish the writ of law.

“There is a huge backlog of 450 cases and we are processing them as fast as we can,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told Dawn.

“We will continue the process to implement the execution orders so that the law may take its course,” he said.

The TTP had said in a letter addressed to the PML-N that both it and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf should learn from the condition of the Awami National Party (ANP) after getting involved in a conflict with them.

An official of the interior ministry said the government had decided to deal with all cases of execution on a case-to-case basis and those related to terrorism were being selected.

Sources in the federal government said that three condemned prisoners were to be executed next week in the Sukkur Central Prison.

The three Lashkar-i-Jhangvi terrorists are Attaullah, to be executed on Aug 20, Mohammad Azam on Aug 21 and Jalal on Aug 22.

Attaullah was awarded death sentence in six cases by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on July 6, 2004, and Azam was sentenced to death in four cases by the same court.

Implementation of death penalties has been on hold in the country since 2008 when the former PPP government decided against it and a presidential order imposed a moratorium.

Soon after taking charge, the PML-N government decided that the condemned terrorists needed to be hanged so that their network could be abolished.

The moratorium on executions ended on June 30.

Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said death sentences had been awarded by courts and not the PML-N.

He said the strategy to counter the threats against the PML-N or the federal or Punjab governments could not be discussed on the media.

The sources in the interior ministry said the files for the execution orders of five more condemned prisoners belonging to the LJ/ TTP had been forwarded to the prime minister’s office. They said the cases would be sent to the president so that the death warrants could be issued.

Although all executions have to be approved by the president, an official said was likely that the files might not be signed by President Asif Ali Zardari.

“The government may have to wait till the new president takes charge on Sept 8,” the official added.

The PPP not only stopped executions of the condemned prisoners during its rule but the outgoing president also reportedly resisted signing ‘black warrants’ of the three prisoners when the files were forwarded to him last month.

The government got the death warrants signed by the acting president, Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, when Mr Zardari was on leave in the second week of July.

A police official in Islamabad said a plot to attack a Shia mosque on the Eid day could have been a signal for Mr Bokhari whose residence was few hundred yards ahead on the same road in Bara Kahu and many of his relatives visited the place of worship.


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mystic Aug 14, 2013 07:06am

Great going... hope they hang the terrorists in public... the way these animals kill innocent civilians.

Pak Citizen Aug 14, 2013 07:35am

Thank god, finally.

TamzaK Aug 14, 2013 07:54am

Can we also execute the law just as effectively where the politicians are involved.

Hussain Naqvi Aug 14, 2013 08:09am

The writer analayst is very right that the outlaws attacked the Mosque in Barack kahu to give warning Signal to the chairman Senate as he himself is affliated with Shia sect but the question rises that how the outlaws could came to know that he has signed the Black warrents of the convicts.The PM must investigated at prsidency and his secretriate the leakage of the sensitive cases to present the further such instances.

Ahmer Aug 14, 2013 08:32am

No mercy on terrorists. I support the carrying out of this long delayed execution.

Muhammad Farooq Aug 14, 2013 08:44am

There is no justification for putting on hold execution of these hardened criminals.

Mehsoor Aug 14, 2013 08:48am

Good job! Hang the convicts without delay.

Mash Man Aug 14, 2013 09:23am

Way to go

Khan Aug 14, 2013 09:25am

I am PTI supporter but thumbs up to government for taking this brave and right decision. The terrorists warning letter is a joke as if they are not already killing innocent people all around. But they have relatively spared PML-N till now and that's why this decision is very brave and worthy of lots of appreciation. We may have political differences but a terrorist is a terrorist no matter who they kill - a supporter or leader of ANP, PPP, PTI, PML-N or MQM.

Scud Aug 14, 2013 09:36am

Definitely a bold step in the right direction

saad Aug 14, 2013 10:05am

jin logo ke nega buland na ho un say kya expect karna. Nothing will change till we get people who really fear Allah and implement Allah's law and rules not the laws of west. Enough for Allah's sake wake up.......

eye Aug 14, 2013 10:06am

Eye for an Eye make the entire world blind, these criminals have to be made human, they need transformation of the character. Its were easy to execute but very difficult to transform/reformation. The wound has to be given medicine not cut it off.

SALMAN KHAN Aug 14, 2013 10:28am

An eye for an eye. This is Shariah law, why TTP is against it? they always talk about implementing shariah. They all must be hanged without further delay..PPP did a grave mistake by not doing so.

arshi Aug 14, 2013 10:30am

Good decision.

rehan Aug 14, 2013 11:13am

Well said ... this is the only answer to those who are killing innocents.

Hamood Aug 14, 2013 11:21am

These barbarians don't need any sympathy. Kill them all.

Mr.T Aug 14, 2013 11:45am

Hang them in front of people and media as they kill many innocent people openly...

sarnaz Aug 14, 2013 11:50am

Insane injustice to those martyred and maimed in fighting against terrorists. media failed to highlight the issue. .

Javed Aug 14, 2013 11:56am

Good...finally some justice

zakie Aug 14, 2013 12:00pm

A logical step: at last we are going to take. Though it is belated but one should be above all confusions which hinder his from protecting his own people.

ordinary_citizen Aug 14, 2013 01:02pm

Killing someone is no fun but rule of law and writ of government need to be established.

Please-Prefer-Talks. Aug 14, 2013 01:13pm

Mr. Govt, Executing these 5 Talibans will definitely bring change, but in terms of killing more innocent civilians, multiply 1 taliban x 100 civilians, so 5=500. I suggest keeping them in death cells and wait for the right time. We are at war with these war-lords. The suicide jackets and the guns do not differentiate between the innocent and the guilty - they just blow..

Please have mercy on us and talk to them and make use of the below options:

  1. Recognize TTP officially and all the areas they have captured, pull all the forces out of their area, and let them talk to the central government directly for their demands. Let them look after your border operations, let them speak to the US on their pull out. So that the suicide attacks are finally over. Afghanistan's central government has finally done the same and requested the Genuine Taliban to open a political office in Kabul.


  1. Please rid this Pure Land off this curse with full force, crush them. Announce the real state of war against them, and trust me the people of Pakistan especially these brave tribesmen will be with you till the last drop of blood, as they were with you in the wars against India in 1965/1971.

Sri Lanka finally won it against Indian sponsored Tamil Tigers, with the help of Almighty ALLAH we can also win this war in FATA/Baluchistan.

May ALLAH be pleased with us, and forgive the sins which landed us in this worldly torment. Ameen.

Akram Aug 14, 2013 01:16pm

Chaudhry nisar, a good decision. accelerate in particular cases of terrorism and kidnapping. For these two crimes are too frequently carried out, their perpetrators should live in fear.

Vigilant Aug 14, 2013 01:29pm

Justice must be done & Hanging of all convicted terrorist must be completed on emergency bases & government should not consider threats of terrorists because as a nation we are already at war with them

Shahid Ali Aug 14, 2013 01:50pm

It is significantly important in the interest of our beloved Pakistan that execution of all pending cases of death penalty takes place sooner rather than later. This country can not be ruined by few criminals who are agents of our enemy countries and acting on their orders against our country. Those who put moratorium on execution of death penalty were actually implementing the agenda of their lords who brought them in power under the shelter of NRO.

Ayaz Aug 14, 2013 02:02pm

Hanging the terrorists in public square is the way to go .... The Taliban will continue to kill anyway .... The government seems to be making the right decision...

samar Aug 14, 2013 02:24pm

Good work nawaz this is the first step towards peace

Khan Aug 14, 2013 03:50pm

Want to fight terrorism......make death penalty and its execution priority. Also investigate related families to theses guys responsible if they knew it and did report to proper authorities.

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 14, 2013 04:02pm

good step in the right direction - hat's off to this govt.

Aziz Aug 14, 2013 04:29pm

Absolutely correct and timely decision.

It is about time that those supporting, financing or participating in terrorist activities start feeling the heat of the destructive fire they have lit all over our peaceful country.

G.A. Aug 14, 2013 04:53pm

Take out the TTPs source of income, whatever it is, and put a bounty on the leaders heads with witness protection for those who turn the leaders in. Also launch a vigorous media campaign against these brutes.

Akhter Husain Aug 14, 2013 04:53pm

These misguided people will not stop killing the innocent men,women and children,even if the sentence is kept on hold.Let them have the taste of their medicine.An eye for an eye is the only answer..

Ahmad Najuib Aug 14, 2013 05:08pm

Our media should be selective in reporting. There is no need to to carry the news that henceforth death sentences would be carried out. Or the threatening response of reprisals by the Talibans need not be published. This amounts to provoking the elements. Let the Govt do its job that needs to be done and support the good work in silence.

Oz Aug 14, 2013 05:36pm

I have always spoken against Nawaz. For this action, GOD BLESS YOU! No talking to taliban - NO MORE

MSA Aug 14, 2013 05:48pm

@arshi: This is the right thing to do. Be courageous and establish the writ of the government. All these people who are making threats to the government, must be eliminated.

bangash Aug 14, 2013 06:03pm

I wish entire TTP and LeJ could be captured , convicted and executed.

Rasool Bakhsh Tahir Aug 14, 2013 06:03pm

We hope that PML N Govt will not come under pressure of TTP's threats and pursue severely the policy of punishment like Saudi Arabia, where crime rate is equal to none. Pakistan cannot afford more jail breaking incidents and consequently reinforcement of terrorists. This act of Govt will certainly bring positive results in coming days. Good decision, go ahead for dealing with these enemies of humanity.

Akbar Khan Aug 14, 2013 06:04pm

Jazakallah......Justice late is justice denied.......The execution of justice decree, on time, is very important for law to be effective and people to abide by law.

Chaudhry Nisar took the right step......Applying Justice is a form of JIHAD.

Assad Aug 14, 2013 06:13pm

Allahu akbar! Justice must be served. We cannot allow ourselves to be cowed down by the murdering TTP and affiliates. They are causing unprecedented fitna in this land of ours and it is obligatory for the authority of the land to track them down and eliminate them. This is their punishment from the standpoint of Sharia. May Allah's punishment destroy the TTP and all of their cadres. Ameen. The instrument of this destruction has to be the Government of Pakistan and our security forces.

I strongly support our Government's stance to call the bluff of these Takfiri cowards who only pray on innocent civilians and execute their unarmed prisoners so brutally. Launch operations to uproot them and destroy them. This is the only way forward. If they sue for peace after getting pounded, then only accept the talks at "our" terms and not theirs.

ijaz Aug 14, 2013 06:16pm

Well done Nawaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar. Please stand firm in the face of terrorist threats and the country will stand full square behind you. Let your resolve crumble and you will lose the country.

Agha Ata Aug 14, 2013 06:23pm

Ignoring what Taliban say and going ahead with the planned executions, is a courageous step toward the right direction, but have you also done something to protect innocents when Taliban retaliate? Nobody should like to be courageous at the cost of innocent's lives.

Abbas Aug 14, 2013 06:36pm

I salute the Will of Govt.

Tariq Aug 14, 2013 07:30pm

Well done. Justice has to be delivered boldly & quickly. To avoid further damage

Mustafa Haider Aug 14, 2013 07:35pm

My family had always been opposed to PML-N but if this government makes good on its promise to bring these 3 terrorists to books as scheduled this month, I will be PML-N's fan.
It is heart breaking to read that the current President does not have the courage to bring these terrorists to justice. It shows how little he cares about the enormous number of families that have been broken apart because of terrorism. I passionately support PML-N's decision to simply ignore the coward TTP and their affiliates...

shah faisal Aug 14, 2013 07:47pm

good move by an unpopular govt

Mian Ahmad Aug 14, 2013 07:57pm

Yes, these people should be hanged and as soon a possible. TTP is going to attack innocent civilians any way so why not rid Pakistan of terrorists. Why is TTP giving threats when all it wants is shahadat.

Tariq Mehsud Aug 14, 2013 08:06pm

Good job.

Waheed Aug 14, 2013 08:45pm

You are the Man Nisar

Saima Javed Aug 14, 2013 08:50pm

Terrorists should know by now that they will be heard only if they speak within the circle of law, otherwise they will be executed just like their comrades are going to be next week. Well done PM Nawaz Sharif.

QB Aug 14, 2013 08:54pm

Good idea. Death penalty is necessary for murderers.

Tariq Mehsud Aug 14, 2013 09:59pm

Terrorists must be hanged.

Justice Aug 14, 2013 10:35pm

Good Sher Good

JUSTICE is already delayed ...... PPP condemned for delayed justice

Pakistan Stands for SHER and For Justice

Hang Remaining ...... who killed innocents

Sameer Aug 14, 2013 10:41pm

No one is above the law of the land,order is been given by the court and should be carried out,it should be scum under the treat by few terrorist.Good job Nawaz.

zia khan Aug 14, 2013 11:08pm

The hanging should be reported only after execution. Terrorists get a chance to draw media attention when statements are issued prior to the hanging and they respond and challenge the writ of the government. Terrorists deserve no mercy & should be hanged on priority basis.

Shan Aug 14, 2013 11:33pm

Just shoot them without length bureaucratic procedure.

Ravi Aug 14, 2013 11:35pm

Wow, it shows Nawaz Shariff is firmly determined to fight against terrorism. Finally someone is putting words into action.Kudos and Kudos. I think this is the much-needed new beginning of Pakistan. Hoping to see Pakistan back on track soon. Best wishes from an Indian American and avid reader of Dawn past 5 years.

Amir Bangash Aug 14, 2013 11:54pm

All those persons detained in various jails and awarded death sentences by the courts need to be executed with out any further delay other wise there will be danger of further jails break. The individuals involved in serious crimes like terrorism need to be tried in anti terrorists courts and their cases may be decided on urgent basis so that individuals found guilty may also be executed as soon as the court passes orders and only then one can expect the defeat of terrorists.

Nadeem (US) Aug 15, 2013 12:16am

Go ahead, hang them, don't delay. All 430s need to be hanged. They don't deserve a place in this world.

Sonal Aug 15, 2013 12:59am

Ye hui na mardo wali baat!

Raja Aug 15, 2013 02:44am

This is very good news, these foreign agents need to be hanged.

Syed Aug 15, 2013 07:37am

Killing innocent people is not allowed in any religion. So keep your thoughts with when you go up.

Kaldeep Aug 15, 2013 01:04pm

okay it is good decision, but this is politics, after passage of time same strategy will be followed by the current sovereignty , as PPP easily passed its 5 years royal period in just riotous. The thing is that, if captured terrorists are allowed to go by black mailing then these non state persons will try more illegal actions within the country. no action will be taken further after this photo session by Ministers

Sonal Aug 15, 2013 01:43pm

Ye hui na mardo wali baat! :)

ashfaq Aug 15, 2013 01:59pm

non execution of these criminals has resulted in expansion of terrororism. they should be hanged to give lesson to others.any reluctance on part of govt. will further aggravate the problem

NASAH (USA) Aug 16, 2013 06:26am

@ashfaq: Especially in anticipation of an impending jail break. Anyway the better of valor is being prepared for any and all eventualities.

Kasturi Aug 16, 2013 12:10pm

@zia khan: I fully agree with your views. Kasturi

khyyam Aug 16, 2013 02:46pm

sahe hy ch. nisar sb kaam khech k rakho...!

jaffri Aug 16, 2013 09:37pm

at least one step towards rule of law. process has to be sustained to get fruitfull results