Pakistan Executes Three Militants Convicted Over Terrorist Attacks

Pakistani authorities have executed three militants sentenced to death by military courts after being convicted of carrying out terrorist attacks in recent years, the military said.

A statement said the executions took place at a prison in the country’s northwest on October 4.

A day before the executions, rights group Justice Project Pakistan voiced concern over the multitude of capital punishments taking place, saying that the country had sent 477 prisoners to the gallows since 2014.

The group also announced a weeklong public-awareness campaign against executions ahead of the World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10.

Pakistan halted executions in 2008 due to pressure from rights groups but reinstated capital punishment after the Taliban attacked a school in the city of Peshawar, killing 150 people, mostly schoolchildren.

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