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Pakistan executes two more men over terrorism

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Pakistan has executed two more men over terrorism, bringing the number of executions to nine since the country lifted a moratorium on the death penalty.

Ghulam Shabbir and Ahmed Ali (alias Sheesh Naag), who were reportedly members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants group, had been sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in 2002.

Shabbir was convicted of killing a senior police official and his driver, while Ali was sentenced to death for murdering three people.

The convicts were hanged in the city of Multan in Punjab early Wednesday.

Pakistani says it plans to hang 500 convicts in the coming weeks.

In December 2014, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rescinded a moratorium on capital punishment in response to an earlier attack by Taliban on a school in Peshawar, which left more than 140 people dead, almost all of them children.

On Tuesday, Pakistan’s parliament approved the establishment of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases.

In one of the bloodiest attacks in Pakistan’s history, a group of gunmen reportedly dressed in military uniforms, stormed the Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, going from classroom to classroom, shooting students and teachers.

The Pakistani military said at least 141 people, 132 of them children, lost their lives in the attack. More than 100 others were injured.

The death toll, however, did not include the terrorists who attacked the school. All seven attackers were killed in the operation.

The militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in retaliation for an ongoing Pakistani military offensive against the militants.

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