ISLAMABAD - Army Chief General Raheel Sharif yesterday approved death sentence awarded to another 12 hardcore terrorists by the military courts.

The convicts were involved in committing heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of civilians, attacking armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies, destruction of schools and communication infrastructure.

Convicts Muhammad Asif, Shahadat Hussain and Yasin were active members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The other nine convicts Muhammad Qayyum Bacha, Muhammad Tayyab, Said Akbar, Muhammd Ayaz, Barkat Ali, Azizur Rehman, Hussain Dar, Ishaq, Behram Sher belonged to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Political parties had unanimously agreed over the issue of setting up military courts to tackle terrorism cases in the country following the gruesome attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014, following which the Parliament passed the 21st Constitutional Amendment in Jan 2015 to set up the said courts.

President Mamnoon Hussain had also promulgated an ordinance further revising the recently amended Army Act to ostensibly aid the functioning of military courts by allowing for trials in camera, i.e without the presence of the public or the media, and over video link if necessary. The Supreme Court in a majority ruling upheld the establishment of military courts in Pakistan.

According to ISPR press release convict Muhammad Qayyum Bacha was involved in slaughter of officers and soldiers. He also destroyed a girls primary school and a basic health unit by planting explosives. He admitted his offences before the magistrate and the trial court. He was tried on four charges and awarded death sentence .

Muhammad Asif, Shahadat Hussain and Yasin were involved in killing of civilians and attacking law enforcement agencies which resulted in the death of civilians.

They were also in possession of firearms and explosives. Muhammad Asif and Shahadat Hussain were tried on five charges whereas Yasin was tried on two charges. All have been awarded death sentences.

Muhammad Tayyab was involved in attacking armed forces of Pakistan which resulted in the death of soldiers and civilians.

Said Akbar was involved in attacking armed forces which resulted in injuries and death of soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives. Muhammad Ayaz was involved in attacking armed forces which resulted in the death of a soldier. He was also in possession of explosives.

Barkat Ali was involved in killing of civilian and was also in possession of firearms and explosives.

Aziz Ur Rehman was involved in attacking law enforcement agencies which resulted in the death of police constable. He was also involved in the destruction of shops by planting improvised explosive devices and was also in possession of explosives.

Hussain Dar was involved in killing of civilian and attacking law enforcement agencies which resulted in death of police constables. He was also in possession of explosives.

Ishaq was involved in attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies which resulted in the death of a junior commissioned officer and injuries to a police constable. He was also in possession of explosives.

Behram Sher was involved in attacking armed forces as well as the destruction of a girls primary school which resulted in injuries and death of soldiers. He was also in possession of explosives.

All the convicts confessed to their crimes before magistrates and the trial courts. They were tried on several charges and awarded death sentence .