Saad Aziz among 5 'hardcore terrorists' sentenced to death by military court

Published: May 12, 2016
Saad Aziz was suspected of killing T2F director Sabeen Mahmud over a year ago, as well as being involved in Safoora Goth bus attack. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Saad Aziz was suspected of killing T2F director Sabeen Mahmud over a year ago, as well as being involved in Safoora Goth bus attack. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Army chief General Raheel Sharif confirmed on Thursday the death sentences of five ‘hardcore terrorists’ involved in various acts of terror, including Saad Aziz, who was arrested last year for the murder of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud.

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“Today Chief of Army Staff confirmed death sentences awarded to five hardcore terrorists who perpetrated Safoora Chowrangi bus attack and were also involved in IED blast near Saleh Masjid Karachi, killing of a social worker Sabeen Mahmud and attacks on LEAs,” a press statement issued by the military’s media wing, ISPR, said.

“These convicts were tried by military courts,” the communiqué added.

Mahmud, the director and founder of The Second Floor (T2F) café, was shot dead by gunmen in the upscale Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood of the metropolis on April 25, 2015.

Later in May 2015, at least six gunmen had shot dead 45 members of the Ismaili community abroad a community bus in Safoora Goth, on the outskirts of Karachi.

Details of convicts:

  1. Saad Aziz s/o Abdul Aziz Sheikh – Tried on nine charges
  2. Tahir Hussain Minhas s/o Khadim Hussain Minhas – Tried on 10 charges
  3. Asadur Rehman s/o Atique ur Rehman – Tried on four charges
  4. Hafiz Nasir s/o Afzal Ahmed – Tried on five charges
  5. Muhammad Azhar Ishrat S/O Ishrat Rasheed Ahmed. – Tried on five charges

Saad Aziz was to film the Safoora bus carnage

According to the military’s media wing, these five convicts were active members of al Qaeda, a global terror outfit.

“They were involved in attacking a bus of Ismaili community at Safoora Chowrangi in Karachi, which resulted in death and injuries to the passengers.”

“They were also involved in attack on Saleh Masjid Karachi, killing of a social worker Sabeen and attacking law enforcement agencies.”

The convicts admitted their offences before the trial court, the statement added.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Masood Mirza
    May 12, 2016 - 5:26PM

    “The convicts admitted their offences before the trial court, the statement added”. This happens every time whenever Chief confirms death penalty. .. what meakes the accused to confess? ?? Something is fishy. Recommend

  • nadeem
    May 12, 2016 - 5:41PM

    As I was reading this news, the thought which came foremost to mind was that our (civilian) criminal justice system has now gone completely to the dogs. These criminals – who deserve to be hanged yesterday – would have never been arrested, prosecuted, convicted or sentenced in that moth-eaten system. As for the military, they were running our policies for the last few decades that sheltered criminals like these. So there it is…..we have completely messed up our society and our institutions. Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    May 12, 2016 - 5:54PM

    May all the cases be dealt as fair and as soon like these. For fair and Peaceful environment in the Beloved Country.

    ” Pakistan Zindabad”Recommend

  • M.S.
    May 12, 2016 - 6:03PM

    These people and their mindset must be eliminated. Finally Pakistan state is on the right path.Recommend

  • Shahid
    May 12, 2016 - 6:09PM

    I would have been more happier to hear the news that they have already been executed. You always dread interference from the in incompetent ,irrelevant and disliked supreme court.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    May 12, 2016 - 6:25PM

    Good riddance . Recommend

  • imran ali
    May 12, 2016 - 7:41PM

    as usual missing…who ordered them to kill? if they are the real killers?Recommend

  • Hasbi
    May 12, 2016 - 9:10PM

    There is a contrast difference between readers of Tribune and other Pakistani newspaper. Tribune comments seem to be more critical. Recommend

  • Pervert Caretti
    May 12, 2016 - 9:19PM

    Saad Aziz confessed before trial took place. It reminds me the famous quote of the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. “I fear you speak upon the rack where men enforced do speak anything” (a man undergoing torture will say anything to make the pain stop)Recommend

  • Parvez
    May 12, 2016 - 11:07PM

    Carry out the punishment tomorrow… that it is seen that justice has been done.Recommend

  • May 13, 2016 - 1:14AM

    Abroad or aboard? Don’t rely only on the spell-checker. Please proofread before printing.Recommend

  • May 13, 2016 - 1:20AM

    Shaheed, it is “happy-happier-happiest”. There is no such thing as “more happier”.Recommend

  • @Al Karim
    May 13, 2016 - 5:53AM

    His name is Shahid not Shaheed.Recommend

  • AD
    May 13, 2016 - 6:57AM

    The one Pakistan executes are good riddance and the ones Bangladesh executes are Mankind AngelsRecommend

  • fact is fact
    May 13, 2016 - 7:27AM

    Good. they should be hanged but who gave them guns to do such crimes, nobody knows. they are just branches of a tree.. we need to identify and cut the treeRecommend

  • May 13, 2016 - 9:08AM

    @Al Karim: Wow! You are an expert. Have a nice day sport. Salams Recommend

  • Measom
    May 13, 2016 - 6:30PM

    @Al Karim:
    Dear Karim !! Its easier to criticize ,with out thinking. The ET writer is right, its Aboard not abroad ,,how can you use word abroad in that particular sentence,??? wake up Mr. Professor and please do cross check before criticizing others !! Stay blessed :-) . Recommend

  • Mostly Bull
    May 13, 2016 - 9:04PM

    Anywhere else in the world, a country would have a judicial system; in just one small part of the world apparently, it would appear that an army has a country AND its judicial system…Prosecutor, Defence and the Judge….wow…!! Great going..!Recommend

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