Pakistan sentences nine militants to death

Military courts in Pakistan have sentenced at least nine people to death for their involvement in terror-related crimes.

In a statement Friday, Pakistan’s military said that the country’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif, had confirmed the death sentences given by military courts over a series of terror attacks that killed dozens of Shia Muslims and security officials in recent years.

The Pakistani army has described the nine convicts as “hardcore terrorists.”

“Today, (the) Chief of Army Staff confirmed death sentences awarded to another nine hardcore terrorists, who were involved in committing heinous offences relating to terrorism,” the statement read.

Military sources say al-Qaeda operatives, pro-Taliban militants and members of a banned sectarian outfit were among the convicted men. The militants had been involved in subversive activities, including targeted bombings and killings of members of religious communities and security officials across the violence-hit country in recent years.

Pakistan has been facing security challenges since it joined an alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror in 2001.

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