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Pak executes three Islamic militants

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today executed three hardcore Islamic militants convicted by the controversial special military courts for committing heinous terror offences.

The "three hardcore terrorists" were executed at High Security Prison in Sahiwal district of province, army said in a statement.

"These terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism, including attacks on Armed Forces and Enforcement Agencies," it said.

The militants were associated with the Pakistani and a second extremist group named Harkat-ul-Jihad e-Islami, it said.

The convicts identified as Said Zaman Khan, Shawaleh and Muhammad Zeeshan were tried and convicted by special military courts.

These courts were set up for two years in January 2015 and became dysfunctional from January 7, 2017. The courts were set up after a constitutional amendment following a terror attack on an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 that killed over 150 people, mostly students.

However, the government has introduced an amendment in the parliament to change the constitution to revive these courts for another two years.

The military court awarded death sentence to 161 militants and so far only 21 have been executed.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 14:49 IST