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Pakistan on Friday hung two convicted militants in the first executions since 2008, officials said, after the government ended a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people. Islamabad's decision to relinquish a ban on the death penalty in terror-related cases came as the country's political and military leaders vowed to wipe out the Taliban insurgency following Tuesday's bloody rampage on an army-run school.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday chaired a high-level meeting in General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi to review the overall security situation in the aftermath of the Peshawar massacre that left 148 people dead including 132 schoolchildren. The prime minister met Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and other senior military officials.
A special parliamentary committee formed after militant attack on a school in Peshawar on Friday decided to constitute a 'joint experts' group' which would give its recommendations on the formulation of a 'National Action Plan'. "The joint experts' group will give its final recommendations about a National Action Plan to the special parliamentary committee and it will present it to the country's political and military leadership," said Senator Afrasiab Khan Khattak of Awami National Party (ANP) while talking to media persons after a five-hour long meeting.
Authorities Friday ordered the re-arrest of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai after New Delhi expressed anger over a Pakistani court's decision to grant him bail, officials said. An anti-terror court in Rawalpindi city approved bail for Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, the commander of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group. The decision sparked outrage in India and officials in New Delhi asked the Pakistani government to challenge it in a higher court.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has urged the government, Pakistan Army and others to extend the scope of the ongoing military operation 'Zarb-e-Azb' to other parts of the country. He also underscored the need for initiating an action against the supporters and collaborators of terrorist organisations. Addressing a National Solidarity Rally organised by MQM at M. A. Road, Altaf deplored the statement of the Maulana Abdul Aziz, chief cleric of Lal Masjid, demanding his arrest.
A Taliban massacre at a school is "Pakistan's 9/11", the country's top foreign policy official told AFP Friday, saying the assault that left 149 dead would change the country's approach to fighting terror. The attack on an army-run school in the north-western city of Peshawar horrified the world and drew promises of swift retribution for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which claimed it. Sartaj Aziz, foreign affairs and national security advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said the assault, the deadliest terror attack in Pakistan's history, was a "game changer".
Strongly condemning the brutal Taliban attack on schoolchildren in Peshawar, the Senate on Friday called for ideological, strategic clarity and unity to defeat the menace of terrorism. Through a resolution adopted unanimously, the House described Peshawar incident as a national tragedy. The resolution was moved by Pakistan People's Party (PPP) lawmaker Mian Raza Rabbani, through which the House resolved to destroy the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and other militant outfits operating in the country under various names.


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