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Pak Army chief approves death penalty for 10 terrorists

Sabri was the son of renowned Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri whose family is famous in the subcontinent for their contribution to this sufi art and mystic poetry

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Islamabad: Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday approved the death penalty for 10 “hardcore terrorists” and imprisonment to five others who were tried by special military courts. The convicts also include terrorist who killed the famed Pakistani qawwal (musician) Amjad Sabri in Karachi.

The 10 militants were involved in the killing of 62 persons, including 5 civilians, 11 police officials and 46 Frontier Constabulary/Armed Forces Personnel, according to the ISPR statement which added that arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession.

The terrorists — identified as Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Arish, Habibur Rehman, Mohammad Fayaz, Esmail Shah, Mohammad Fazal, Hazrat Ali, Mohammad Asim and Habibullah — were all members of the proscribed organisation.

Pakistan had legalised military court trials of terror suspects for a period of two years in January 2015 after terrorists killed 144 people, mostly children, at an Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar.

Since their reinstatement in 2015, military courts in Pakistan have sentenced 186 convicts to death and issued verdicts for more than 300 terrorism-related cases, according to Ministry of Defence.

Ishaq and Asim were involved in the killing of Sabri and attacking the law enforcement agencies/armed forces of Pakistan, which resulted in the death of 17 officials, the statement said, adding that they were awarded death sentence.

Sabri, 45, was travelling in a car in Karachi’s congested Liquatabad 10 area when two motorcycle-borne gunmen shot him in the head in a targeted terror attack on 22 June 2016. He was rushed to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Hakimullah Masood group had claimed responsibility for the attack on Sabri.

Sabri was the son of renowned Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri whose family is famous in the subcontinent for their contribution to this Sufi art and mystic poetry.

Some of the most memorable and famous qawwalis of the Sabris were Bhar Do Jholi Meri, Tajdar-i-Haram and Mera Koi Nahin Hai Teray Siwa.

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