ISLAMABAD, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The government of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is preparing to hang a trio of convicted Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists.
Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has been struggling to establish its credentials since its election in May 2013.
The three LeJ members are Attaullah, Mohammad Azam and Jalal, who received death sentences in 2004 for murder, with the executions scheduled to take place Aug. 20 and 22, respectively, in Sindh's Sukkur jail.
Sharif has made his government's commitment to combating terrorism explicit, saying during a special message on Pakistan's Independence Day Aug. 14: "The shadows of terrorism are haunting us today but with commitment and resolve we will overcome this scourge. We are in high spirits, and will absolutely defeat the terrorists with the full cooperation of the army and other national security institutions," The News International newspaper reported Thursday.
Pakistan's government has pledged to carry out the scheduled executions of the convicted terrorists next week. A five-year moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan ended in June, The News International said, as Pakistan's new government attempts to display its resolve in fighting crime and militancy. The decision to overturn the death penalty was strongly condemned by international rights groups including Amnesty International. Pakistan Human Rights Commission head I.A. Rehman said: "We are opposed to capital punishment. We demand that the death penalty should not be awarded to anyone."