As the nation steps up its war against terror, news that the Pakistani Taliban chief has been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan is doing the rounds
Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah may have been killed as Pakistan on Saturday stepped up its war against terror, ordering the execution of 10 more terrorists and assuring that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been released.
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. PIC/AP
Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister’s advisor on national security and foreign affairs, said that Lakhvi has not been released and the government was reviewing the petition regarding his case.
NEW BEGINNING: Pakistani children arrive at their school in Peshawar yesterday after three days of mourning for the children and staff killed by Taliban militants in an attack on an army-run school. Pic/AFP
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday said that the whole nation was united in the fight against terrorism which would be eliminated from the country at all costs.
Meanwhile, at least five militants were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
Intelligence sources said the drone fired a missile at a compound in Datta Khel area which killed the militants.
In another incident, the police, which has been on its toes since the horrific terror strike in Peshawar, killed two terrorists following a gunbattle in the port city of Karachi.
With a fierce battle being waged against the terrorists, Umar Mansoor, the terrorist who supervised the Peshawar school massacre, has threatened more attacks if the military and the intelligence agencies did not stop anti-terror operations.
In a video with English subtitles posted on the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) website, Mansoor said that Tuesday’s attack on the Army Public School was in retaliation to army operations.
After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the moratorium on capital punishment following the attack on the Peshawar school, Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada ordered for the execution of eight terrorists on death row in Pakistan across Punjab province yesterday.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Friday ordered the execution of two other terrorists who had been sentenced to death in 2004 on charges of sectarian murder. Both have been shifted to Faisalabad jail from Lahore and are scheduled to be executed on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, two convicted terrorists were executed on Friday. The executed terrorists were Usman, who was sentenced to death for his role in the 2009 attack on the Pakistani Army headquarters in Rawalpindi and Arshad Mehmood, a security force personnel, for his involvement in the 2003 assassination bid on then military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.
Both executions took place in Faisalabad.