After almost a year of Sabeen Mahmud’s murder, her attacker, Saad Aziz has been awarded the death sentence for his crimes.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif confirmed on Thursday that five ‘hardcore terrorists’ have been given the death sentence. These convicts were involved in various acts of terror and included in the list was Saad Aziz’s name.

“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.

It was also mentioned in the statement that these convicts were tried in the military courts and not the civil courts. Since the attack on Army Public Schools in Peshawar in 2014, the decision was taken to try the terrorists in military courts, to speed up the justice process.

Sabeen Mahmud was the director and founder of The Second Floor (T2F) café, and she was known to be an open-minded activist. She was shot dead in broad daylight by men on motorbikes in the Defense Housing Authority neighborhood on April 25, 2015.

It was later found out that the attack had been conducted by members of Al-Qaeda and Saad Aziz was one of them.

Aziz’s case got widespread attention because he was like any other regular student and had completed his degree from IBA Karachi. During his interrogation, Aziz revealed what inspired him and his partners to carry out the attack and how they were recruited.