30 militants who were caught in Pakistan have been sentenced to death. These militants have been held responsible for the deaths of 144 children who were killed during the 2014 Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar. Their death sentences have been signed off by Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. It may be recalled that soon after the attack, Pakistani authorities had set up special military courts to hold trial of the accused militants. These courts function in secrecy and if the verdict is capital punishment, it requires approval from the country’s army chief.
Capital punishment was earlier banned in Pakistan, but the ban was revoked after the gruesome killing of 144 children in Peshawar attack. The closed door trials conducted by the special military courts have been criticized by opposition parties and rights groups, but the Pakistan government has refused to buckle under pressure. Closed door trials often do not follow proper legal procedures, which defeats the purpose of delivering justice. Nobody really knows if the people sentenced to death were the ones responsible for one of the most heinous crimes in human history.