Islamabad (dpa) – Pakistan hanged four more militants on Sunday and deployed troops to guard prisons, officials said, after Taleban insurgents threatened to carry out jailbreaks in response to the executions.
The militants hanged on Sunday were convicted of involvement in the 2003 botched assassination attempt of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, a government official said.
The executions were carried out at a prison in central Punjab province, where security was tightened after Taleban threats to stage jailbreaks, according to provincial Home Minister Shuja Khanzada.
The government lifted a six-year moratorium on executions following the massacre of 135 children at a school in north-western city of Peshawar by Taleban insurgents.
Two militants, both former employees of the army, were hanged on Friday. One of them was convicted of involvement in 2009 attack on the military’s headquarters and the other for the same assassination attempt of Musharraf.