Report: Pakistani Army Chief Calls for Hanging of 3,000 Terrorists in 48 Hours

AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File
AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File

The head of Pakistan’s military called for the hanging of “more than 3,000 terrorists” in 48 hours, The Times of India reports.

According to the article, Gen. Raheel Sharif wrote on his Twitter account, “Asked [Prime Minister] Nawaz Sharif to hang all terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorists should be hanged in next 48 hours.”

His comments came a few days after Taliban militants killed nearly 140 individuals, mostly students, at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Dec. 16.

“#PakArmy will come at you #Taliban & will destroy you. And they will not target women & children. They are not coward like you,” he also tweeted.

Gen. Sharif continued his message to the Taliban in Pakistan, known as Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP). “Message to TTP. You kill our child. Now you will see the deadly consequences and (be) ready to pay the price. Pak Army will revenge [sic] each & every single drop of blood of little departed angels. It’s my promise,” said one of the tweets by Gen. Sharif, according to The Times of India.

Pakistani PM Sharif, who is not related to the Pakistan army chief, lifted the ban on capital punishment after the Taliban attacked the school.

“Pakistan’s government fast-tracked warrants of execution for convicted terrorists,” reported McClatchy, later adding, “Initial estimates have put the number of convicted terrorists awaiting execution at more than 3,000.”

According to The Washington PostGen. Sharif signed death warrants for six “hard-core terrorists” two days after the school massacre.