ISLAMABAD - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif yesterday confirmed death sentences to another 12 hardcore terrorists, an ISPR statement issued on Thursday said.

These men were involved in different terrorist activities, including Bannu Jail break and attacks on Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies and civilians.

Eight of these convicts tried by military courts belong to Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and two each to Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and al-Qaeda.

The ISPR gave following details of the convicts:

1) Muhammad Arbi S/O Hafiz Muhammad Sadiq was an active member of TTP and involved in abetting attack on Bannu Jail which resulted in escape of large number of captured terrorists and injuries to policemen and soldiers.

He was also involved in attacking law enforcement agencies resulting in the death of soldiers. Arbi admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on three charges and awarded death sentence.

2) Rafi Ullah S/O Muhammad Miskeen was an active member of Sepah-e-Sahaba. He was tried on two charges and awarded death sentence.

3) Qari Asif Mehmood S/O Muhammad Anwar too was an active Sepah-e-Sahaba member. He was tried on four charges and awarded death sentence.

4) Shawaleh S/O Gul Khan belonged to TTP and was involved in attacking law enforcement agencies. He admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court, was tried on three charges and awarded death sentence.

5) Muhammad Zeeshan S/O Abdul Qayyum Khan was an active member of al-Qaeda. He was involved in attacking armed forces and awarded death sentence.

6.) Nasir Khan S/O Khan Afsar Khan too was an al-Qaeda member. He was sentenced for his involvement in attacks on armed forces.

7) Shoukat Ali S/O Abdul Jabbar was an active member of TTP. He was tried on five charges and awarded death sentence.

8) Imdadullah S/O Abdul Wajid was an active member of TTP. He was involved in destruction of an educational institution in District Buner and attacking law enforcement agencies. He was tried on five charges and awarded death sentence.

9) Muhammad Umar S/O Saida Jan was an active member of TTP. He was involved in destruction of an educational institution in Pakistan and attacking armed forces. He was tried on five charges and awarded death sentence.

10) Sabir Shah S/O Syed Ahmed Shah was an active member of TTP. He was involved in attacking armed forces. He was tried on three charges and awarded death sentence.

11) Khandan S/O Dost Muhammad Khan. The convict was an active member of TTP and was involved in attacking armed forces. He was tried on three charges and awarded death sentence.

12) Anwar Ali S/O Fazal Ghani too was an active TTP member. He was involved in attacking armed forces. He was tried on three charges and awarded death sentence.

The approval comes just two days after the Supreme Court had stayed execution of four terrorists, including two facilitators of the December 2014 carnage at Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS), condemned to death by military courts.

The convicts had challenged the military court’s decision in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) which upheld their conviction on December 9, 2015. Subsequently, the convicts challenged the PHC ruling in the Supreme Court.

Earlier, another two-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad, had suspended on December 7, 2015 a military court ruling in which Qari Zahir Gul and Haider Ali had been convicted of terrorist acts and condemned to death.