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The verdict is scheduled to be issued at 2pm on April 20, which was also confirmed in a message by the public relations officer of the apex court. After waiting 57 days, the decision has come. 

Terrorism to be defeated at all costs- Army Chief endorses death sentences of thirty terrorists          

The process expedited during Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, these terrorists were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism including attack on Army Public School Peshawar, kidnapping and slaughtering soldiers of Frontier Constabulary, attack on Saidu Sharif Airport, killing of innocent civilians, attacking armed forces of Pakistan and Law Enforcement Agencies. According to ISPR, the death sentences were given by military Courts.
Military courts significally addressed the issue of terrorism.

Host: Umer Iftikhar

Co-host: Fauzia Shahid

Analyst on Telephone:

Major Retd. Tahir Iqbal (Leader, PML-N):

Since past two decades, Pakistan has been fighting war on terrorism. Our armed forces, civilians and common people sacrificed their lives in fight against terrorism. The terrorists who killed thousands of innocent people must be sentenced to death. There were issues in civil courts as judges were threatened and lawyers used to avoid appearing in courts. All legal requirements are fulfilled in military courts as well.

The interior ministry approves extension of Rangers' powers in Punjab for another sixty days

To this effect, the ministry has issued a notification on the request of Punjab Government three days prior to ending of Rangers powers in the province. Rangers powers have been extended under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says that Federal Government will consider alternate legal options if Sindh Government does not extend Rangers powers in public interest. It is unfortunate that Rangers' performance and sacrifices are made controversial after every three months.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Abdullah Gul (Defence Analyst):

This is a positive and timely decision because there was a new wave of terrorism in Pakistan. Because of operation in FATA, terrorists rushed to Sindh, Baluchistan and South Punjab. With the extension of ranger’s power in Punjab, positive results are expected in fight against terrorism. The rangers are better trained and equipped to evaluate the situation and deal with it. The extension is granted on the basis of solid grounds.


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