ISLAMABAD - Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif yesterday confirmed death sentences awarded to the five hardcore terrorists involved in the Safora Chowrangi bus attack last year in Karachi that killed and injured more than two dozen people belonging to Ismaili community.

According to ISPR, the convicts, active members of Al-Qaeda, were also involved in improvised explosive device blast near Saleh Masjid, Karachi, and in the killing of a social worker, Sabeen Mahmud.

The convicts, tried and convicted by military courts, are Tahir Hussain Minhas s/o Khadim Hussain Minhas, Saad Aziz s/o Abdul Aziz Sheikh, Asad-ur-Rehman s/o Atique-ur-Rehman, Hafiz Nasir s/o Afzal Ahmed and Muhammad Azhar Ishrat s/o Ishrat Rasheed Ahmed.

The ISPR said they were involved in the attack on a bus of Ismaili community at Safora Chowrangi, Karachi, which killed and injured more than two dozen passengers.

They were also involved in attacks on Saleh Masjid, Karachi, killing a social worker, Sabeen, and law-enforcement agencies.

The convicts confessed to their offences before the trial courts and all the five were awarded death sentences.