Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif confirmed the death sentences of nine men convicted by military courts, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said, three days after Pakistan executed four militants involved in suicide bombing, slaughtering of people and attacks on soldiers.

The men termed as 'hardcore terrorists' by ISPR were sentenced for offences relating to terrorism, including an attack on the Parade Lane mosque, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Headquarters in Multan, attacks on law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and kidnapping and murder of civilians in Lahore.

The terrorists whose death sentences have been confirmed included Muhammad Ghauri, Abdul Qayyum and Aksan Mehboob.

Also sentenced were Harkatul Jehad-e-Islam activist Qayyum, who was involved in the attack on ISI Headquarters, Multan, in which seven people were killed and 72 injured. He was tried on seven charges and awarded the death sentence.

Mehboob, an active member of al-Qaeda, was also convicted for involvement in attacks on LEAs with fire-arms, killing and injuring soldiers. He admitted his offences before a magistrate and trial court. He was tried on four charges and awarded a death sentence.

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