Islamabad, Dec 20: With the execution execution of two convicted Pakistani terrorists on Friday, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the 2008 moratorium on the death penalty in wake of the Peshawar school attack, Pakistani Taliban issued threat to kill the children of Sharif and Army officials.
According to reports, the shocking threat has been made by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a letter sent to the government. The militants have even threatened to target the children of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The letter, allegedly written by the TTP commander Mohammed Kharasani, reportedly stated that if the government continues to hang terrorists, then Taliban will continue to target the children of top politicians and Army personnel.
The threat comes days after six Taliban militants attacked an army-run school in Peshawar and killed 148 people. The authorities are trying to verify the authenticity of the letter.
It may be noted that soon after the Peshawar massacre, Pakistan lifted the 2008 moratorium on the death penalty and executed terrorists – Usman and Arshad Mehmood.
While Usman was involved in the 2009 attack in the Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi, Mehmood was involved in 2003 assassination bid of military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.
Both executions took place in Faisalabad. The death warrants were signed by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif late Thursday night.
According to sources, in the first phase, some 17 terrorists would be hanged while 45 in the second phase before initiating the last phase, completing the execution of remaining over 8,000 death row prisoners.
The Pakistani government also stepped up its military operation against the the terror outfit killing at least 67 militants.
(With Agency Inputs)