A division bench of the Lahore High Court Multan Bench rejected on Tuesday appeals of two terrorists involved in two concurrent suicide bombings at Darbar Sakhi Sarwar against their conviction and upheld the death sentence and other punishments given to them by an Anti-Terrorism Court of Dera Ghazi Khan.

Each of the terrorists Behram Khan alias Fauji Baba and Umar Fidayi was sentenced to death on 105 counts and life imprisonment on 106 counts besides fine by the DG Khan court on March 6, 2013. Some other suspects, who were arrested by police, namely Muhammad Asghar, Bashir Ahmad, Farooq and Saleem Jan were acquitted by the court.

At least 52 persons were killed and 73 others injured when two concurrent suicide blasts took place in front and rear parts of the shrine of Sakhi Sarwar during annual Urs on April 3, 2011. Police arrested a suicide bomber, who failed to explode his jacket, from the spot in injured condition. His accomplices were also caught later on. Sakhi Sarwar police registered a case on application of Inspector Syed Zahid Hussain.  

DEMO: Employees of all groups of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of their city terminal against the levy of federal Excise duty on the free tickets for PIA employees and their families. The demo was led by Mehr Kaleem Klasra, Bilal Lashari, Mehr Qadar Bakhsh, who shouted slogans against government. They also opposed the privatisation of PIA, National flag carrier describing it a suicidal attempt. All the employees also observed the pen down strike and they did not entertain any passenger of domestic as well as international travel.