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Pakistan hangs seven militants

13 January 2015, 13:30

Islamabad - Pakistan early on Tuesday executed seven convicts sentenced to die by the courts for involvement in Islamist militancy, an official said.

Three were hanged in Sukkur and one in Karachi in the southern province of Sindh, while another two were executed in Faisalabad and one in Rawalpindi in the eastern province of Punjab.

No formal announcement was made but an official from the interior ministry confirmed the hangings.

Also Read: Pakistan to execute 500 militants in coming weeks

"Those executed today belonged to banned militant outfits and were convicted for killings," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Pakistan had already hanged nine prisoners before Tuesday's executions, after the lifting of a moratorium in the wake of the attack on a school in Peshawar last month that killed 136 students.

According to the ministry official, Pakistan has more than 8 000 prisoners on death row.


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