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Army chief confirms death sentences of PIA plane shooter, eight others

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Monday confirmed death sentences of nine “hardcore terrorists”, including those who fired at a PIA plane landing at Peshawar Airport in 2014.

The firing on PIA flight PK-756 was resulted in death of a lady, besides injuries to two flight stewards on board. The flight had 196 passengers on board, arriving from Riyadh when it was fired upon. The terrorists had aimed specifically at the highly flammable fuel tank as they sought to blow up the aircraft, as well as the cockpit, to kill the pilot.

A statement released by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the death sentences were handed to those who were involved in “heinous offences” related to terrorism including, killing of innocent civilians, slaughtering of levies officials and attacking armed forces personnel.

These convicts were tried by military courts. All the convicts admitted their offences before a magistrate and trial court.

ISPR has released the following details:

1. Sajid s/o Ibrahim Khan:

The convict was an active member of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was involved in firing on a PIA plane landing on Peshawar Airport which resulted in death of a woman and injuries to two other passengers. He was also involved in killing of innocent civilians and attacking Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) which resulted in death of Pir Israr along with his eight family members, a civilian Niaz Gul, Assistant Sub Inspector Sajid Khan and injuries to several other civilians and police officials.

2. Javed Khan s/o Faqeer Gul:

The convict was an active member of TTP. He was convicted of killing innocent civilians, attacking LEAs and armed forces of Pakistan. He killed a civilian Raheem Ullah, Sepoy Naseer Ahmed and sepoy Bacha Hasan. He was also involved in slaughtering of Havaldar Hazrat Ghani.

3. Fazl-e-Haq s/o Shahdad:

The convict was an active member of TTP. He was convicted of kidnapping and cutting off hands of four police officials. He was also involved in killing of civilian Abdul Wahab and police constable Saif ur Rehman.

4. Fazal Rehman s/o Fazal Karim:

The convict was an active member of TTP. He was involved in attacking LEAs and armed forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of Major Mohammad Ehsan, Hawaldar Muhammad Al Haleem, Naik Ghulam Abbas, Sepoy Tasme-ur-Rehman, Sepoy Muqadar Khan, Sepoy Naseem Iqbal and injures to several soldiers.

5. Zahid Khan s/o Kitab Shah:

The convict was an active member of Lashkar-e-Islam (LI). He was involved in attacking armed forces of Pakistan and LEAs which resulted in death of Hawaldar Noor Mast, Naik Shabir, Naik Farman, Sepoy Humayun, Seopy Fakhar Alam, Sepoy Ismail of Frontier Constabulary (FC) and injuries to several soldiers.

6. Umar Saeed s/o Hazrat Saeed:

The convict was an active member of TTP. He was involved in attacking LEAs which resulted in death of Naib Subedar Hassan Faraz, Lance Naik Ruban Ali, Sepoy Badri Zaman, Seopy Gul Wazir, Assistant Sub Inspector Noor Zaman and injuries to several soldiers.

7. Rahmat s/o Ismail Khan:

The convict was an active member of LI, who was involved in attacking armed forces of Pakistan and LEAs, which resulted in death of Hawaldar Wali, Sepoy Matti, Lance Naik Ismail and injuries to Lieutenant Abbas of FC and several other soldiers.

8. Bakht Wali s/o Amal Khan:

The convict was an active member of LI. He was involved in attacking armed forces of Pakistan which resulted in death of Sepoy Muhammad Zeeshan.

9. Nazeer Ahmed s/o Allahdad:

The convict was an active member of TTP. He was involved in attacking LEAs which resulted in death of Head Constable Muhammad Yousaf and injuries to a police official.

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