22nd December,2014 :Â
Pakistan hanged four al-Qaeda-linked militants in eastern Punjab province, the second set of executions after it lifted a ban on the death penalty following last weekâ€™s massacre of children at an army-run school.
The men were convicted by military courts for various attacks, including the 2003 failed assassination attempt on former President Pervez Musharraf, a senior official familiar with the development said by phone. He asked not to be identified because of department rules.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Raheel Sharif vowed to eliminate all terrorists operating in Pakistan after a Dec. 16 Taliban attack killed 133 students in a Peshawar school and triggered calls for ruthless action. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan plans to retaliate, spokesman Muhammad Khurasani said in an emailed statement.