Niaz Mohammad, a former Pakistan Air Force junior technician, convicted in the Pervez Musharraf assassination attempt case, was executed early on Wednesday.
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He was hanged at the Peshawar Central Prison. Niaz was sentenced to death for making an attempt on the life of the former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi in 2003.
Niaz Mohammad was a resident of Swabi district. He was kept at the Haripur Central Prison until Tuesday, from where he was shifted to the Peshawar Central Prison in a helicopter. Earlier the administration had deployed the police and army personnel in and around the prison amid terrorist threats. The Sher Shah Suri Road, where the prison is situated, had already been closed to the traffic at night. A source said the superintendent of the prison had sent a letter to the Peshawar district judge on Monday requesting him to depute a magistrate for supervising the execution.
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He said in response to the letter, magistrate Johar Ijaz was given the duty to supervise the execution. The last death sentence was carried out at the Peshawar Central Prison on June 6, 2006, when a condemned prisoner Mawas Khan of Sufaid Sung area in Peshawar was hanged to death. In the first attempt on the life of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, which took place near Jhanda Chichi bridge in Rawalpindi on Dec 14, 2003.