"The life sentence awarded by general court martial will only become executable once the same is confirmed by GOC-n-C northern command...," a senior army officer said.

"The file has been sent for confirmation to the army commander. Once it is approved, it will be implemented," the officer said.

On Friday, Abas Hussain Shah, a soldier with the territorial army has been awarded life sentence for his involvement in the Machil fake encounter case of 2010.

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