Rights groups slam Pakistan for resuming executions


HRW says ‘Pakistan’s govt has chosen to indulge in vengeful blood-lust instead of finding and prosecuting those responsible for the horrific Peshawar attack’

Rights groups Saturday condemned Pakistan’s decision to hang two convicted terrorists in its first executions for six years, as leaders vowed decisive action in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that left at least 149 people dead.

Pakistan described the bloody rampage in Peshawar on Tuesday as its own “mini 9/11”, saying it was a game changer in its fight against terror.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif relinquished the six-year ban on the death penalty in terror-related cases two days after the school attack, with two militants convicted of separate terrorism offences the first to face the noose.

The Human Rights Watch termed the executions “a craven politicised reaction to the Peshawar killings”, demanding that no further hangings be carried out.

“Pakistan’s government has chosen to indulge in vengeful blood-lust instead of finding and prosecuting those responsible for the horrific Peshawar attack,” the group said in a statement Saturday.

The two militants hanged Friday in Faisalabad were Aqil, who was convicted for an attack on the army headquarters in Rawalpindi in 2009, and Arshad Mehmood who was convicted for his involvement in a 2003 assassination attempt on former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.

Around 1,000 people turned up for their burial in the town of Kahuta.

Meanwhile, Pakistan put all its airports on red alert Saturday as the military intensified its operations against militants in the country’s lawless tribal areas.

The army was deployed to guard major prisons housing militants and a number of educational institutions, including the esteemed Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, were shut indefinitely citing security threats.

Officials have said there would be up to ten more executions in the coming days.

Rights campaign group Amnesty International estimates that Pakistan has more than 8,000 prisoners on death row, with more than 500 of them convicted on terror-related charges, according to the government.

“This is a cynical reaction from the government. It masks a failure to deal with the core issue highlighted by the Peshawar attack, namely the lack of effective protection for civilians in north-west Pakistan,” Amnesty said about Friday’s executions.

‘Final elimination’

The United Nations also called for Pakistan to reconsider executing terror suspects, saying that “the death penalty has no measurable deterrent effect on levels of insurgent and terrorist violence” and “may even be counter-productive”.

The army has been waging a major offensive against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the last six months.

But a series of fresh strikes after the Peshawar attack, which wrought devastation at an army-run school, suggest the military is stepping up its campaign.

Seven militants were killed on Saturday morning in two separate incidents as security forces hit their hideouts in the restive northwest. A US drone strike in the lawless tribal area also hit a militant compound killing five militants early Saturday.

As the Peshawar tragedy unfolded, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif said the attack had renewed the forces’ determination to push for the militants’ “final elimination”.

The atrocity was already the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan’s troubled history, surpassing the 139 killed in bomb blasts targeting former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

But the head of the hardline Islamabad Lal Masjid slammed the army operation in North Waziristan as “un-Islamic” and said the TTP slaughter in Peshawar was understandable.

“O rulers, O people in power, if you will commit such acts, there will be a reaction,” Maulana Abdul Aziz told worshippers in his Friday sermon.

Around 250 people protested outside the Lal Masjid on Friday evening, denouncing hardliners like Abdul Aziz as Taliban sympathisers.

Later, the Islamabad police registered a case against the cleric for threatening the protestors after they staged a sit-in protest outside Aabpara police station demanding a case against the cleric.


  1. Dear Sir,
    Nawaz Sharif & Cohorts are Taliban. You have no Idea the Type of Wounds the children suffered in Peshawar. UNSPEAKABLE !!
    You Still think they will Hang the terrorist ??
    You have hope in Hell.
    DID you not See the Stalling? Hiding by Rules of Jail Manual?
    Stalling. They will never hang them. It is always a Call from MOSSAD or CIA that Nawaz Stalls.
    The Children in Peshawar were not Massacred According to a "Jail Manual".
    Nothing Will Happen.
    Army Chief will also Fail due to Stalling.
    It need Just two Belts of 500 rounds of Machine Gun for Finishing of 1000 Terrorist in 2 minutes Flat !!!
    And 10 Minutes for two Bulldozers to dig a hole bury these Dogs.
    But it Won't Happen.
    Nawaz & Shahbaz won't let it.
    Forget it, People of Pakistan. Politics.

  2. I just looked at the HRW homepage and news page. Just a few days after the massacre of school children in Pakistan (only the most recent atrocity of course), a search for the words "Taliban" or indeed "Islamic State" brings up 0 results !! – what these groups are and have been doing is apparently not even worth mentioning by the organization which claims to be guided by "respect for the dignity of each human being". In fairness, Boko Haram does appear if you scroll through the news items. I think it would be fair to say that I would set different priorities if I were reported on current events and human rights violations.

  3. human rights??? Amnesty International are you crazy, would you feel the same if it was one of your children who was murdered by this scum.
    Pakistan please kill the lot ignore these stupid people burn them at the stake that is what they disserve, please no mercy.

    Tell Amnesty to mind there own business and "F" off what is not there business.

  4. @Angelo Franklin: Thanks Frank you exactly say what I wanted to say to HRW and all these types of organizations that do they reacted the same if they were their children???
    I hope our leaders will hang all the terrorist in public. Now our fear is over. What worst they can do now, Kill them all.

  5. Pakistan is under a new type of governance, which is called "camouflaged martial law". All the decision are being made by Pak Army while all the official (forced) signatures are being done by democratic government of Pakistan lead by Nawaz Sharif. This is a new invention by pak army to tarnish civil government.

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