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Pakistan lifts moratorium on death penaltyA mother, whose son Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, was killed in the school attack, mourns at her residence in Peshawar. Reuters

Pakistan lifts moratorium on death penalty

17 Dec 2014 | 6:09 PM

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Prime Minister lifted a moratorium on the death penalty on Wednesday, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school, killing 132 students and nine teachers, a government spokesman said.

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Islamabad, December 17

The Pakistani Prime Minister lifted a moratorium on the death penalty on Wednesday, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school, killing 132 students and nine teachers, a government spokesman said.

Pakistan began three days of mourning on Wednesday for the 141 people killed in the attack on the school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

The bloodshed has shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the Pakistani Taliban insurgency. Many people have called in the media for the death penalty to be restored.

“It was decided that this moratorium should be lifted. The Prime Minister approved,” said government spokesman Mohiuddin Wan, referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s approval of the decision by a ministerial committee.

“Black warrants will be issued within a day or two,” he said, referring to execution orders.

He did not give any details about who might be executed under such orders.

A moratorium on the death penalty was imposed in 2008 and only one execution has taken place since then.

There are believed to be more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in Pakistan, about 10 percent convicted of offences labelled “terrorism”, said Justice Project Pakistan, a legal aid group.

“Terrorism” has a very broad definition under Pakistani law.

About 17,000 cases of “terrorism” are pending in special courts.

Justice Project Pakistan released a report on Wednesday saying that those convicted of terrorism were often tortured into confessions or denied lawyers, and that recent crackdowns had not stopped militant attacks.

“Swathes of defendants whose crimes bear no relation to terrorism have been sentenced to death following extremely unfair trials - whilst terrorist attacks continue unabated,” the group said.

Sharif vows to ‘clean this region of terrorism’

Pakistan and Afghanistan have decided to launch fresh operations against terrorists in the wake of Peshawar school massacre by the Taliban as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to “clean this region of terrorism.”

 “Our aim is to clean this region of terrorism. Not only Pakistan and Afghanistan but indeed this entire region should be cleaned of terrorism,” he told an all-party conference.

His statement came in the aftermath of the Peshawar school massacre in which at least 132 students and nine staffers were killed by Taliban militants and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call that India and Pakistan and humanity should join hands to comprehensively defeat terrorism.

“Yesterday’s incident is extremely tragic,” Sharif said.

“These sacrifices will not go waste and we all want complete elimination of terrorism from Pakistan,” he said.

“We must not forget these scenes... The way they (militants) left bullet holes in the bodies of innocent kids, the way they tore apart their faces with bullets,” he said.

Sharif said he spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani last night to discuss how both countries could do more to fight terrorism.

The two leaders agreed to launch fresh operations on their respective sides of the border, he added. — Reuters/PTI

Pak in mourning as parents bury children after school attack

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17 Dec 2014 | 11:44 AM

PESHAWAR: Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

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17 Dec 2014 | 3:51 PM

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17 Dec 2014 | 7:12 PM

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17 Dec 2014 | 5:12 PM

NEW DELHI: India today expressed concern over a nuclear deal between China and Pakistan, which it had taken up with Beijing but asserted that it is “well prepared” to safeguard national interests.

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17 Dec 2014 | 3:50 PM

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17 Dec 2014 | 1:39 PM

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Vijay strikes ton as India take Day 1 honour

17 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM

BRISBANE: Opener Murali Vijay cracked a fluent 144 as India put up a solid batting display to take the honours on the opening day of the second cricket Test against Australia by reaching a comfortable 311 for four here on Wednesday.

Sun in Shimla, fog in plains

Sun in Shimla, fog in plains

17 Dec 2014 | 12:46 PM

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Court asks CBI to record Manmohan statement in coal scam

17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM

The CBI was today directed by a special court to record statements of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was holding charge as the Coal Minister in 2005, and others in a coal blocks allocation scam case allegedly involving top industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla.

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17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM

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17 Dec 2014 | 1:09 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today issued a stern warning to BJP MPs telling them not to cross the “Lakshman rekha” and hurt the government and the party in the process.

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17 Dec 2014 | 1:45 AM

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Sikhs have a separate identity, says Badal

18 Dec 2014 | 12:55 AM

CHANDIGARH: Indicating that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is going back to its Panthic agenda, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that the Sikhs had a separate identity that must be preserved.

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Fog causes mishaps,BJP activist among 3 killed

18 Dec 2014 | 12:55 AM

ABOHAR: A BJP leader was among three persons who were killed in separate accidents due to fog on the Abohar-Fazilka highway today.

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Residents of Muktsar village refuse to accept ‘rotten’ wheat

18 Dec 2014 | 12:55 AM

MUKTSAR: The beneficiaries of the Atta-Dal Scheme of the state government today refused “rotten” wheat being distributed by the officials of the Department of Food and Supplies at Tharajwala village in the Lambi Assembly segment.

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18 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM

SIRSA/HISAR: The politics over supply of urea heated up in the state on Wednesday with the Congress accusing the BJP of failing to provide fertilisers to farmers in time and the government maintaining there was no shortage of the commodity.

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18 Dec 2014 | 12:17 AM

SHIMLA: The intense cold wave tightened its grip further in the state with Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district reeling under freezing cold with mercury dipping to -12.

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18 Dec 2014 | 12:10 AM

SRINAGAR: Special prayers were today held at several places in Srinagar for the children, massacred at a school in Pakistan’s Peshawar city and condemnations continued to pour against the attack.

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18 Dec 2014 | 12:18 AM

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand DGP BS Sidhu said today that strict instructions had been given to police officers to intensify security measures in the state.

Pak in deep mourning, mass funerals held

18 Dec 2014 | 1:25 AM

PESHAWAR: A shocked Pakistan today began three days of national mourning as mass funerals got underway for over 140 persons, mostly children, massacred by Taliban suicide attackers in horrendous terror attack on a school here.

Rs50 lakh penalty on ICICI Bank for violating KYC norms

18 Dec 2014 | 12:09 AM

MUMBAI: The RBI today imposed a penalty of Rs 50 lakh on ICICI Bank and Rs 25 lakh on Bank of Baroda for violation of KYC norms after they allowed opening of accounts in the name of a statutory body by fraudsters.

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The Supreme Court today asked the BCCI to produce details of the cricket officials and the players holding commercial interests in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions League (CL).

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