Pakistan army courts sentence 9 militants to death


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan military courts have sentenced nine men to death for terrorism-related offenses or attacks on minority Shiites, the army said Friday. Pakistan has hanged more than 300 people since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in December 2014, many of them convicted in closed military courts which critics say fail to meet fair trial standards. Their trials took place behind closed doors, with no information on where or when they were held, how proceedings unfolded and scant details about their crimes. Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following its decision to side with the US-led coalition against the Taliban in Afghanistan.



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