ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Sunday confirmed the death sentence awarded to 15 hardcore terrorists involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including attacking the armed forces/law enforcement agencies, abetting suicide bombers in an attack on Christian Colony near Peshawar, destruction of educational institutions and killing of innocent civilians. On the whole, their terrorist activities resulted into death of 34 persons, including 21 armed forces, nine Frontier Constabulary and two police officials along with two civilians, besides injuries to 19 others. Arms and explosives were also seized from their possession. The convicts were tried by special military courts. Besides, 20 convicts have also been awarded jail terms. Hameed ur Rehman, member of a proscribed organization, was involved in attacking law enforcement agencies and armed forces, which resulted in death of Major General Sana Ullah Khan, Lieutenant Colonel Tauseef Ahmed, Naib Subedar Aslam and 18 soldiers. He was awarded death sentence.Said Ali, member of a proscribed organization, was involved in attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies, which resulted in death of civilian Shah Nazar, Naib Subedar Hanif, Havildar Naseer, Havildar Qayyum Ahmad along with two soldiers and injuries to with others. He was also found in possession of explosives. He was awarded death sentence. Ibrar, member of a proscribed organization, abetted suicidal bombers in attacking Christian Colony near Peshawar by planning the said attack and providing weapons, suicidal jackets and transportation to the suicide bombers. Resultantly, an innocent civilian Samuel Sardar lost his life and three other civilians were injured. The convict was also found in possession of explosives. He was awarded death sentence.Fida Hussain, Raza Ullah, Rahim Ullah, Umar Zada, Amjad Ali, Abdur Rahman, Ghulam Rahim, Muhammad Khan, Rahim Ullah, Rashid Iqbal, Muhammad Ghafar and Rehman Ali, members of a proscribed organization, were involved in attacking law enforcement agencies, which resulted in death of Assistant Sub Inspector Noor Zaman, Naib Subedar Hussain Faraz along with four other soldiers besides injuries to five others. The convicts were also involved in destruction of government educational institutions in Swat. They were found in possession of fire-arms and explosives as well. They all were awarded death sentence.Published in Daily Times, December 17th2018.