Ghulam Shabbir and Ahmed Ali were reportedly members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
Pakistan on Wednesday hanged two men sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court, taking the number of executions to nine since the country lifted a moratorium on capital punishment after last month’s Taliban school massacre.
The convicts, Ghulam Shabbir and Ahmed Ali (alias Sheesh Naag), were reportedly members of banned sectarian militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The two were sentenced to death in 2002 by an anti-terrorism court—Shabbir for killing a senior police official and his driver, and Ali for killing three people.
They were hanged in Multan early Wednesday.
“Two men convicted for murders, Ghulam Shabbir and Ahmed Ali, were hanged till death today,” said Saeedullah Gondal, superintendent of the jail where the executions took place. “Their bodies were handed over to their families.”
Pakistan last month lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases in the wake of the Taliban’s horrific massacre at an Army-run school in Peshawar. The attack on Dec. 16 left 150 people dead, the vast majority of them children.
Pakistani officials have said they plan to hang 500 convicts in the coming weeks, drawing protest from international human rights campaigners.