Pakistan army chief confirms death sentences for 13 Taliban

Taliban terrorists who allegedly stormed an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2014 are shown in this file photo released by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). (AFP file)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Pakistan army chief confirms death sentences for 13 Taliban

  • Pakistan resumed military trials for militants after a 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army chief has confirmed death sentences for 13 “hardcore terrorists” after military courts found them guilty of carrying out attacks that killed 202 people including 151 civilians.
In a statement Monday, the military says Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa also approved prison terms for seven convicts involved in acts of terrorism, including the destruction of educational institutions.
It added that the 13 convicted Pakistani Taliban had killed 151 civilians and 51 security forces attacks in recent years that also saw 249 others wounded.
The trials are closed to the public but defendants are allowed to hire lawyers.
After a 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar that killed more than 150 people, mostly students, Pakistan resumed military trials for militants and lifted a moratorium on the death penalty.


EU members united behind draft Brexit deal

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EU members united behind draft Brexit deal

BRUSSELS: Ministers from the 27 non-British EU members agreed on Monday not to reopen talks on the draft Brexit divorce deal ahead of its signing this weekend.
“The first difficult step is done,” said Austrian minister for Europe Gernot Blumel, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, after the ministers met.
Negotiations in Brussels will now focus on finalizing a political declaration on ambitions for the post-Brexit relationship between Britain and the European Union.