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Pakistan resumes prisoner executions in wake of school massacre

8:32pm IST - 01:47

Pakistan says it has resumed executions of prisoners in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school that left at least 132 students dead. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, is still reeling from Tuesday's Taliban massacre that left at least 132 students dead. But now the campus is also on high alert ... after the government lifted its moratorium on executions and hanged two prominent jailed militants. The men had no connection to Tuesday's bloody assault but their execution comes as Pakistani society demands more action to stem the violence... ... including this relative of one of the students killed in the school attack. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) RELATIVE OF STUDENT KILLED IN PESHAWAR ATTACK, MARGHAI BIBI, SAYING: "The hangings should be carried out. Why not? People's families are getting destroyed; young men are dying; children are dying. Why should this not be done? This should be done so even their parents feel the pain." One of the executed militants was in jail for leading an attack on an army headquarters in 2009 that left 20 people dead. The other was arrested for trying to assassinate former President Pervez Musharaf. Most politicians and residents seem to embrace the new policy on prisoner executions, but -- here and there -- a few voices are anxious it'll just invite more violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) LOCAL RESIDENT SARFARAZ KHAN, SAYING: "I know that a reaction will come again from the Taliban. They will do another attack because they want to do their cowardly attacks as they can't fight in the open." The announcement of the two executions came just hours after the United Nations appealed to Pakistan NOT to resume executions, saying it might feed a "cycle of revenge". But four other militants, in the eastern city of Lahore, are expected to be executed in the coming days.

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Pakistan resumes prisoner executions in wake of school massacre

8:32pm IST - 01:47

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