Pakistan plans to execute 500 terror convicts in coming weeks in wake of school massacre

Pakistani demonstrators light candles during a vigil for victims of the Peshawar school massacre in Quetta on Dec 21, 2014. Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a mora
Pakistani demonstrators light candles during a vigil for victims of the Peshawar school massacre in Quetta on Dec 21, 2014. Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.

Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead, most of them children.