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As Pak army plans military trials against civilians, Chief Justice

As Pak army plans military trials against civilians, Chief Justice


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As Pakistani army plans military trials against civilians, chief justice steps in

Pakistani army scheduled military trials for its own civilians during May 9 violence (representational)


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial has said that the trial of accused civilians allegedly involved in the May 9 violence should not start in military courts without informing the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the local source said.

He made the remarks as a six-member bench, led by him and comprising Judge Ijazul Ahsan, Judge Munib Akhtar, Judge Yahya Afridi, Judge Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Judge Ayesha A Malik, resumed hearing a series of pleas challenging the military trials of civilians.

At Friday’s hearing. Latif Khosa, the lawyer for petitioner Aitzaz Ahsan, said everything happening in the country today took place during the tenure of former military dictator Ziaul Haq.

“You cannot compare the current era with the era of Ziaul Haq. It is not the era of Ziaul Haq and martial law is not imposed in the country. Even if a situation similar to martial law arises, we will intervene,” Dawn said in Pakistan, quoting CJP Bandial.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan further said that the Supreme Court should be notified before military trials of civilians begin.

“The trial of the accused before a military court should not start without informing the SC,” he said.

In the previous hearing, the Supreme Court of Pakistan provided another opportunity for the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP), Mansoor Usman Awan, to seek further instructions from the government regarding the possibility of appealing against the sentence to be handed down by military courts to those convicted of the May 9 violence and arson.

The comments came as the AGP said the Pakistani government was willing to follow any suggestions to improve the trial process by military courts if the Supreme Court issued instructions to ensure that convictions could be appealed and that the sentence had to be reasoned, Pakistan’s Dawn reported.

On May 9 this year, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested from inside the High Court in Islamabad by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for corruption in connection with the Al-Qadir Trust, which he owns alongside his wife, Bushra Bibi.

After Imran Khan’s arrest, his party called for protests, which turned violent in many places. The administration resorted to repression and numerous arrests were made across the country. Civilians accused in the May 9 violence are tried by military courts.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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