TTP hangs ISI official, threatens more executions

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The outlawed militant outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has hanged an official of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as revenge for executions of terrorists in Pakistan.

TTP hangs ISI official, threatens more executions

The hanging of the ISI official identified as Bashir Ahmad Khan was shown in videos released on Sunday by the militant group.

In the first video, Bashir Ahmad Khan who was surrounded by armed men wearing mask said that he was recruited by the ISI and trained to trace the Taliban’s training camps.

“We were trained to trace the Taliban’s training camps,” he said according to Reuters.

In the second video, the ISI official was hanged till death while one of the masked men told the reason behind the execution said that it was just the beginning.

“The hanging of Bashir Ahmad is our response to the Pakistani government who are busy hanging our group members. This is just the beginning and all those who are in our custody or those who have any links with the Pakistan government will face the same treatment,” the masked man said.

More than 200 death row convicts including those involved in terror activities have been hanged till death in different jails across Pakistan since a six-year moratorium on death penalties was lifted in December last year.

The Pakistani government has consistently been asked by leading international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to halt the executions but Pakistan maintains it is according to its laws and will continue.

The deadly terror attack on an army-run school in northwestern Peshawar City on December 16, 2014 prompted the Pakistani civilian and military authorities to intensify their actions against terrorists. Not only, the government removed the ban on implementation of death penalty but also launched a 20-point anti-terror action plan under which military courts were also established across the country.