Pakistan hangs militant involved in Iran diplomat assassination

Ikramul Haq alias Lahori

A Pakistani militant involved in the assassination of the Iranian cultural attaché in Islamabad in 1990 has been hanged in a jail in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Ikramul Haq alias Lahori, a member of outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as well as SIpah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), was executed in Central Jail Lahore also known as Kot Lakhpat early on Saturday.

The militant was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court in 2004. He was involved in the killing of Iranian diplomat Sadeq Ganji and a number of other people, including Imtiaz Haider, a brother of former Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider.

His execution was initially scheduled for Thursday, but it was delayed following a “compromise agreement” reached with the family of one of the victims to pardon him, Pakistani media reported.

Pakistan has resumed executions after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rescinded a moratorium on capital punishment in December 2014, in response to an earlier attack by Taliban on a school in Peshawar, which left more than 140 people dead, almost all of them children.

On January 6, Pakistan’s parliament approved the establishment of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases.

By Press TV


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