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FAISALABAD: Four death-row prisoners, who were convicted for involvement in an attack on former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, were executed on Sunday at a district jail in Faisalabad.

Civilians Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Russian citizen Akhlaque Ahmed were shifted from Faisalabad Central jail to the death cell in a district jail late on Saturday.

The prisoners had to be shifted to a district jail under strict security measures because the lever which is used to open the trapdoor to carryout hangings was not present in the Central jail.

Family members of the death-row prisoners were allowed to meet the convicts for the last time prior to the hanging.

Securitywas tightened in the city to avoid any untoward incident. Additional contingents of security personnel were deployed while containers and barricades were placed on the routes leading to the district jail.

Read: Army chief signs death warrants of six convicts

Similarly preparations were underway in Lahore for the execution of four death row prisoners in Kot Lakhpat Central Jail. The executions are expected to be carried out within the next 24-36 hours. All routes leading to the jail were sealed with the deployment of military personnel and installation of cellphone jammers around the jail premises.

In Sukkur, authorities called in the relatives of two terrorists, belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi who had been sentenced to death 10 years ago in a sectarian killing case, to hold a final meeting on Monday.

Read: Militant siege of Peshawar school ends, 141 killed

An antiterrorism court on Friday had issued black warrants for Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif who had been given death sentence by an antiterrorism court in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in the Soldier Bazaar area.

Both terrorists were arrested from Karachi. Tuesday has been decided the day of their execution.

Earlier on Friday, two former military men were executed in the Faisalabad district jail. Usman a former soldier of the army’s medical corps, was executed in relation to an attack on the headquarters of the Pakistan Army in 2009 in Rawalpindi. Arshad Mehmood, who was a trooper and also hanged, was among five convicts who were handed out the death sentence for their role in an Al Qaeda-inspired assassination attempt on Musharraf’s life in late 2003.

The hangings on Friday were the first death sentences carried out after the government ended a six-year moratorium on executions on Wednesday, in response to the Peshawar tragedy.

In response, Taliban groups released messages vowing revenge for the deaths of their comrades-in-arms.

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Comments (82) Closed

AJamal Dec 21, 2014 12:19pm

These hangings are in respect of death warrants signed by COAS for the Army courts verdicts. Where are civilians death warrants to be signed by the Chief Ministers?

Eddie Dec 21, 2014 12:31pm

Excuse me, there was one terrorist caught alive during the massacre at the Ahmadi place of worship in Lahore. Can we hang him too or is he an exception and a "not so bad terrorist"?

Mehtab Dec 21, 2014 12:34pm

What about civilians' killers death sentences ?

Faruq Dec 21, 2014 01:05pm


Think the civilian government will have to carry out his execution. The ones done so far all seem to be army prisoners.

Sunil Dec 21, 2014 01:44pm

What will be the outcomes of this hangings of terrorists, will it stop, backlash, or reduce?

Ali Shah Dec 21, 2014 01:52pm

"The prisoners had to be shifted to a district jail under strict security measures because the lever which is used to open the trapdoor to carryout hangings was not present in the Central jail."

This is ridiculous

shehryar Dec 21, 2014 01:56pm

Civilian hangings may start from Monday as they wasted time in sending mercy petitions to President. Rejected petitions will go to interior ministry which will write to respective province CMs to carry out the sentence. Then CM will write to his subordinates and so on .....

Ajamal Dec 21, 2014 02:30pm

Political leadership showing cowardice - once again. Courage of children injured at Peshawar massacre is appreciable.

ailly Dec 21, 2014 02:30pm

these news must be broken after performance not before that............. media should learn their lesson for recent past, where just to gain cheap publicity they not only garnered some of the terrorists interviews / but also published their stories as if they are heroes.... regarding a terribly black chapter on journalism I request media to expose Irfan Siddiqui for his frivolous comments about talibans and their leaders in particular portraying them as good humans....

Sayyar Khan Dec 21, 2014 02:45pm

So far only those are hanged who mostly were involve either on Mushraf attack or Army.

Faiz Khilji Dec 21, 2014 02:55pm

@Sunil Sure there will be a backlash. But we are ready for it.

GKBaloch Dec 21, 2014 03:18pm

@Mehtab - 2 in Sukkar (Sindh) will be executed for killing a civilian Shia doctor. They belong to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Oz Dec 21, 2014 03:44pm

@Eddie relax man, Abhi to party shiro Howe hay. They will all meet their end soon, God Willing.

Dr. Sadaf Dec 21, 2014 04:10pm

@AJamal , you really do not know, it is an open secret.

Dr. Sadaf Dec 21, 2014 04:14pm

@Sunil , if you were able to see a17 year old with 21 bullet wounds and his father crying helplessly then I think you would not ask this question. You have no idea what my country is going through, I am even crying writing this post, tears have no way of stopping.

Dr. Sadaf Dec 21, 2014 04:18pm

@Eddie , all will meet their end, this is not the time for cynicism.

Khangul Dec 21, 2014 04:26pm

@Faiz Khilji Right on. Everyone is ready and we will tackle them, Inshallah.

Ali Dec 21, 2014 04:27pm

@Sunil Time shall tell. Justice first.

Abdul Dec 21, 2014 04:28pm

@Eddie if he is still in custody that is!

saqib Dec 21, 2014 04:31pm

We as a nation will only feel justice is being carried out, until every single one of over 1000 terrorist in prisons have been executed. And the ones roaming free are caught.

Sam Dec 21, 2014 04:37pm

Very good move There should be lesson for those who killed innocent kids in the name of Islam Islam is a relegion of Pease and it does not allow to kill any human nit matter Muslim or non Muslim All religions are good and respectful

Asif Raza Dec 21, 2014 04:38pm

Human Rights!!! Hanging criminals who killed innocent is inhuman act!!!! My God!!! Very strange!!!!. Shame to such NGOs thoughts. Then how would you NGOs /Human rightist would stop them if you care for those beasts militants and you have soft corners. Can I title you an apologists? . World trade centre was targeted; innocent people were killed there and the action was not hanging the people involved in such heinous crime but entire e coundry was hanged to hunger and death by importing there militants and governance both. Allah need your mercy and help.

Karachi Wala Dec 21, 2014 04:40pm

And when will Mumtaz Qadri be hanged?

Fareed Dec 21, 2014 04:41pm

@sunil Now its your turn to hang all those involved in "Gujrat" incident. Lets see the courage of civil society in India

Neal Kluge Dec 21, 2014 04:43pm


we have to (hang) a critical percent of terrorists to stop terror. About 75% will get the job done. Anything less will leave > 25% enraged and enough to kill many.

tinker bell Dec 21, 2014 04:45pm

@ailly completely agree with both comments

Haider Rehman Dec 21, 2014 04:51pm

Bravo Army. RESPECT for Gen Raheel. He is Musharraf without the bad bits...

Arslan Dec 21, 2014 04:53pm

Preservation of all human life is a cardinal principle of all societies, indeed life and death is in God's hands. The terrorists have seized upon this as a weakness and mock the civil society. Pakistan's resolve to end this tyranny by the terrorists must not waver in ALl circumstances.

I will appeal to the government to amend the laws at a priority and for 2 years suspend the delay in execution of terrorists from the current 7 days to within 24 hours of the signing of the black warrants. Media needs to be careful in naming the judges, jailers and executioners. Most importantly we are wasting critical resources of the State in guarding these terrorists after the signature. These resources are badly needed elsewhere.

Z khan Dec 21, 2014 04:54pm

@Ali Shah somebody sold the lever?

TL Dec 21, 2014 05:13pm

"The prisoners had to be shifted to a district jail under strict security measures because the lever which is used to open the trapdoor to carryout hangings was not present in the Central jail."

Surely they could have shifted the lever from the district jail to the central jail!

Any way. The count is 2 + 4 now. We need to hang a lot more. No Mercy for terrorists.

guddu Dec 21, 2014 05:14pm

Don't kill terrorists, kill terrorism..from root .

Gfellow Dec 21, 2014 05:15pm

@Dr. Sadaf maybe a wake up call.

Waseem Dec 21, 2014 05:17pm

Now we are waiting for the turn of corrupt politicians anxiously when they will get Their black warrant ! Headed by Shareefs , Zardari and many others. RAHEEL SHARIF Pakistan's AttaTurk!!!

Waiting Dec 21, 2014 05:56pm

I am waiting for the hanging by civilian gov. Army has led the way, don't show cold feet President and PM. Nation is looking at you.

G,Nabi Dec 21, 2014 05:58pm

Why not start with target killers ? Why not with the killers of minorities, killers of Hazaras, killers of Ahmadis ? Army took decision right away but civilian government is still undecided.

GSM Dec 21, 2014 05:58pm

@Sunil what's your stake in it? stay out of our issues, please.

Mustafa Dec 21, 2014 06:03pm


"What will be the outcomes of this hangings of terrorists, will it stop, backlash, or reduce?"

As expected, your hate for our army is more than your hate for the Taliban. That is why there are always suspicions that India is behind many Taliban factions.

Thomas Andrade Dec 21, 2014 06:08pm

Well Pakistan had to wait for a carnage like Peshawar massacre of school-children for the terrorists to be sent to gallows. These terrorists were involved in attempting to kill Gen. Musharaf. What about those terrorists who are involved in Mumbai-attack and are scot-free. thanks to the Pakistani authorities? Does the Pak Govt. still need "proofs" to convict them? Nawaz Sharif said there are no good and bad terrorists. Are these terrorists good terrorists? They killed 165 innocent people and the number if more than the victims of Peshawar massacre. If the Pak Govt. is not sincere in dealing with terrorism, believe me they will be the ones who will suffer. I just wish that the government is impartial and would not show step-motherly treatment among terrorists and segregate them among good and bad terrorists.

Ali Dec 21, 2014 06:10pm

Does anyone realize that those that are being executed are in now connected with terrorism but other offense. Does the administration really lack in abilities? We are unable to distinguish between who to kill and not to kill. Then there is no difference between administration and terrorists too.

syed abbas Dec 21, 2014 06:40pm

It was the best of times and the worst of times

M. Siddique Dec 21, 2014 06:42pm

@AJamal, when anyone is convicted by a general court marshal, once president rejects the mercy petition, the military authorities can sign the black warrant.

M. Siddique Dec 21, 2014 06:44pm

Overall, it is sad times for Pakistan. Deaths all around. First senseless killings of innocent school children and then revenge executions.

JS Dec 21, 2014 06:48pm

With the benefit of hindsight feel that, were the condemned convicts hanged earlier perhaps the innocent children of Peshawar would have been alive today. Because these cruel terrorists only understand the language of force.

Dr JC Dec 21, 2014 06:51pm

@Ali Shah . Really.

Owais Mangal Dec 21, 2014 06:54pm

These are Convicted criminals not indicted suspects. So no need to be cynical at this time, especially neighbors.

Hasnain Dec 21, 2014 06:54pm

Very late.Why should Not Zardari be taken to task for putting moratorium on death sentence to terrorists.

Last Word Dec 21, 2014 07:07pm

Better late than never. Though it is important to give a strong message to the blood thirsty terrorists but it is equally important to access the root cause of all forms of terrorism and take remedial measures to get rid of this evil for good.

Yawar Dec 21, 2014 07:32pm

"Four death-row prisoners, who were convicted for involvement in an attack on former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, were executed on Sunday at a district jail in Faisalabad." A very strong message for PML-N.

ehsan Dec 21, 2014 08:02pm

Waiting for the murderer Qadri to be hanged.

A Dec 21, 2014 08:14pm

Well done. Please do more.

Nadeem Dec 21, 2014 08:15pm

I wonder when hanging of Mumtaz Qadri will take place?

Munna Dec 21, 2014 08:49pm

Good. Hang them all and let the peace talks between India and Pakistan resume.

Asad Dec 21, 2014 09:12pm

@Eddie : Dont worry, he is on the list as well.

surendra Dec 21, 2014 09:19pm

Pakistan deserves praise for carrying out hangings of the killers. Thank you both the PM and COAS.

Z khan Dec 21, 2014 09:30pm

@ehsan the back log need to be cleared first.

Laeeq,NY Dec 21, 2014 09:48pm

And what about the Gov. Tassirs killer. Is he a celebrity or a condemned terrorist. . Will he ever be hanged?

Asif Dec 21, 2014 09:51pm

Good news but please don't stop until you hang the last one.

Qutub Dec 21, 2014 10:18pm

@Laeeq,NY I totally agree. We need to put Mumtaz Qadri on the fast track to meet his maker.

HangMan Dec 21, 2014 10:30pm

Next to hang should be Salman Taseer's murderer.

deendyal lulla Dec 21, 2014 10:34pm

only musharrafs attackers are hanged? smells something fishy. musharraf is a proclaimed offender.

Awais Ali Dec 21, 2014 11:06pm

these 6 prisons were court marshaled by Pakistan army and COAS Gen. Raheel signed their death warrants. Now about the civil prisons? will civil magistrate issue the death warrants of 1000 other terrorists? Or govt and judiciary are fooling and just point scoring on Army,s shoulders? and taking advantage of this by their own

Hakim Dec 21, 2014 11:21pm

what about killer of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, he should be hanged in publicly.

Rizwan Dec 21, 2014 11:33pm

good move , dont worry and kill each every one found in any kind of terror activity

AJamal Dec 21, 2014 11:44pm

@Sunil. These hangings are sentencing under the law. There is no argument about consequences.

lahori Dec 22, 2014 01:26am

@Karachi Wala looking forward to see how the government will take on this man. It will tell how much this government is changed. Good reminder though.

lahori Dec 22, 2014 01:28am

@Eddie I am totally agree with you, I hope they hang him as soon as possible.

Sarfaraz Abbasi Dec 22, 2014 01:56am

Why are only terrorists involved in attack on military hanged? Why not hang all others accused of murdering 50,000 Pakistanis?

javed qamar Dec 22, 2014 02:10am

Not a good start on new age war on terror, until now all convicted persons were hanged related to Musharraf cases. whats coming next ??

A. Rashid Dec 22, 2014 02:41am

Looks like terrorist activity was more important in case of Musharaf then others. Are all other Pakistani's or establishments less important?

Iftikhar Khan Dec 22, 2014 03:31am

@Sunil If the resolve is relentless, just and even handed

Aadami Dec 22, 2014 03:41am

Emotional reaction works against the justice system.

Amir khan Dec 22, 2014 04:45am

This is just a drama since they executing only those who offended army or political person. No body will hang the enemy of common people!

rana1 Dec 22, 2014 07:20am

@Asif Raza ....those against hanging of terrorists are welcome to take them to their countries

rana1 Dec 22, 2014 07:23am

@A. Rashid .....what a turnaround from NS, was it not recently that Musharaf was being tried for treason?

rana1 Dec 22, 2014 07:28am

@Awais Ali .......its a circus

rana1 Dec 22, 2014 07:32am

@deendyal lulla ........yes,just the other day every pakistani was claimin g that Musharaf cannot step in pakistan and he did, then tyey said he will hang for treason and he wasn't and others are in his place and he is a free man.I wonder who has been made a fool of.

rana1 Dec 22, 2014 07:34am

@Waseem ........really? Lets wait and see.

rana1 Dec 22, 2014 07:53am

@M. Siddique .........these hangings are meant to pacify the nation who is blinded with rage.The government is at its weakest point,what with the army engaged at the borders ,an intelligence that is weak or over whelmed to intercept communications between terrorists,and a nation in rage ready to sack the rulers.

SMQ Zaman Dec 22, 2014 11:09am

Hang 'em High (that's how the West was won against blatant criminals and murderers); those who are convicted beyond 'reasonable doubt' and under 'the law', as the 'enemy within' is loathed to go to the gallows (as it is not deemed, it seems, martyrdom in their books, too)!

mirza Dec 22, 2014 01:29pm

After following news in few days and reading all these comments, I think country inching towards anarchy and sectarian clashes. I seek Allah's mercy.

A. Mangal Dec 24, 2014 12:48am

@Fareed . That might be too close to the comfort of top politician(s).

A. Mangal Dec 25, 2014 05:11am

@Thomas Andrade . How come you all haven't caught, tried and executed Gujrat riot terrorists! By the way for your information, there were more people killed in Gujrat than Mumbai? Any answer?