Peshawar school attack: Pakistan lifts moratorium on death penalty; Sharif vows to continue ops against terrorists

Taliban terrorists attack killed 132 school children.

Islamabad, Dec 17: A day after Taliban gunmen attacked an Army school killing 132 students and nine teachers, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a moratorium on the death penalty on Wednesday.

A government spokesman, Mohiuddin Wani, reportedly said that PM Sharif had approved the decision of a ministerial committee to life the moratorium.

Wani said: “It was decided that this moratorium should be lifted. The prime minister approved.”

Addressing a press conference, Nawaz Sharif said: “nothing can be more tragic for Pakistan than the way terrorists riddled innocent children with bullets.”

“We tried conducting talks with insurgents earlier, but that did not work,” Nawaz Sharif said, reiterating “operation against terrorists will go on.”

Sharif said: “Security forces have done an excellent job in destroying terrorists’ hideouts.”

It may be noted that hanging remains on the Pakistani statute book and judges continue to pass the death sentence, but a de facto moratorium on civilian executions has been in place since 2008.

Only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by a court martial and hanged in November 2012.

Peshawar attack revenge for Malala`s Nobel Prize: Expert

An expert on Islamic militants has dubbed the Pakistan Taliban attack on Peshawar school as a “message to the supporters of Malala Yousafzai” who has been an avid advocate of right to education for women and kids.

According to International Business Times, Ahmed Rashid said that the attack was an act of revenge for Yousafzai being awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

The attack targeted the army-run school to “demoralize the military” as the children of several military officials, engaged in fighting the Tehrik-i- Taliban Pakistan (TTP), attended the school, Rashid reportedly added.

Terrorists stormed the school dressed as Frontier Corps’ officers and killed 141 people including, 132 children and 9 staff members of the school.

The TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani said the attackers were asked to target the older children but not the younger ones.

(With Agency Inputs)

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