Pakistani People hang terrorists on rod
Pakistani hanged and representative executions to sculptures of terrorists.
Pakistan hanged four Islamist terrorists on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last Tuesday.
Four prisoners were executed at the tightly guarded Faisalabad jail for their role in attacking former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, a senior government official said. Two others had been hanged at the same jail on Friday. Four terrorists hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens
A source in the local Punjab government identified the four as Rasheed Qureshi, Zubair Ahmad, Ghulam Sarwar and Akhlaque Ahmed, also known as Russi, who he said was Russian.
Pakistan is home to a range of terrorist groups, many of them linked to al Qaeda, based in lawless tribal areas. They include an unknown number of foreign fighters, thought to be mostly Arabs, Uzbeks, Chechens and Uighurs.
Official sources said more convicts would be executed in coming days, some of them in the city of Lahore, the power base of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The Taliban have issued statements promising to stage more attacks around Pakistan in retaliation for the executions of any of their fighters.
Security has been tightened around major prisons, reflecting fears that the terrorists, who are fighting to topple the government and set up a state governed by Islamic law, might try to attack jails and free inmates.
Rights groups believe Pakistan has about 8,000 prisoners on death row, more than 500 of them for terrorist offences.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters police had arrested a number of suspects in connection with the school attack, but gave no details.
The UN human rights office appealed to Pakistan on Friday to refrain from resuming executions.
Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at the US-based Human Rights Watch, said on Sunday the government had “chosen to indulge in vengeful blood-lust instead of finding and prosecuting those responsible”.