No Mercy for APS Perpetratros, to be Hanged till Death - PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday recommended President Mamnoon Hussain to reject mercy appeals for all those involved in the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar massacre.
“The brutal and merciless killings of our children convinced us that the perpetrators of such crimes do not deserve any mercy,” a statement issued by the prime minister’s office quoted him as saying.
All four suspects involved in the APS attacks had been sentenced to be hanged till death by military courts.
The prime minister in his comments said the APS attacks have changed the country forever. The appeals for mercy by the four terrorists involved in the APS attacks must be rejected.
“Pakistan has changed after the Peshawar tragedy,” PM Nawaz said while performing his constitutional obligation under article 105 of the Constitution.
The spokesman from the PM house added that the prime minister has said, terrorists are not worthy of any form of mercy.
Immediately, after the Army Public School tragedy, the state, the elected representatives in the Parliament, all political parties and every single state institution unanimously decided to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice even if required amendments in the laws.
“The establishment of military courts through these amendments has enabled us to bring the perpetrators of most heinous crimes to justice in a short span of time,” PM Nawaz said. “The death sentence awarded to the four terrorists, in fact, was the will of the entire nation.”
In August, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif confirmed sentences of as many as seven terrorists involved in attacks on APS Peshawar and Safoora Chowrangi after a military court awarded all of them with death sentences. “The army chief has confirmed that eight terrorists were tried under the Pakistan Army Act 2015,” military’s media wing, ISPR, said.
The statement added that convicts were given a fair trial by following all legal formalities and offering/ providing them legal aid and defence counsels.
On December 16, 2014, the Taliban launched a heinous attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar, killing over 150 people, mostly students.
Following the attack, the government lifted the moratorium on death penalties in the country and formed a National Action Plan, which went on to establish military courts to try terrorists.
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