Four "hardcore terrorists" tried by military courts were hanged on Wednesday, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The four were said to be involved in "committing heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of innocent civilians, attacking armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies (LEAs)," ISPR said.

The suspected terrorists were active members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and were awarded the death sentence by military courts.

According to the ISPR, all four militants had confessed their crimes before a magistrate and the trial court.

Details of hanged convicts released by ISPR:

Barkat Ali was found to be involved in the killing of a civilian and was also in possession of fire-arms and explosives.

Muhammad Adil was involved in the kidnapping and slaughter of soldiers of Frontier Constabulary and destruction of a police station. He was also in possession of fire-arms and explosives.

Ishaq was convicted for his involvement in attacking armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agency which resulted in the death of a junior commissioned officer and injuries to a police constable. He was also in possession of explosives.

Latif Ur Rehman was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of LEA personnel and attacks on the armed forces in which soldiers lost their lives. He, too, was found in possession of fire-arms and explosives.

Military courts

Military courts were disbanded on January 7, 2017, after a sunset clause included in the legal provisions under which the tribunals were established, expired.

However, on March 31 President Mamnoon Hussain gave his formal assent to the Pakistan Army Act 2017 and the 23rd Constitutional Amendment Bill ─ the two pieces of legislation aimed at granting legal cover to military courts ─ after they were cleared by the parliament and senate.

The courts were subsequently revived and given legal cover from the day of their disbandment.


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