Saturday, September 30, 2023

Trial of Civilians in Military Courts, Supreme Court Rejects Plea for Full Court

The government had requested to set up a full court on the trial of civilians in special courts.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected the request to constitute a full court to hear the petition against the trial of civilians in military courts.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Atta Bandyal gave a safe decision on the application yesterday and said that it is not possible to form a full court before September.

It should be noted that the government had requested to form a full court on trial in the special courts of civilians.

The case is being heard by a six-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Omar Ata Bandial.

The bench includes Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Ayesha Malik.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice asked the Attorney General that you want to say something? Pick up where the argument left off.

On which the Attorney General came to the rostrum and said that yesterday Faisal Siddiqui’s application regarding the full court was heard, as far as this case is concerned, all the assurances have been given, all the detained persons have been assured of providing facilities.

The Attorney General said that the right to a fair trial is being given, including meeting the family members and having a lawyer.

The Attorney General said that yesterday Latif Khosa complained of ill-treatment of the arrested accused, I checked myself, no accused was ill-treated, all the facilities including health are available to the accused, action will be taken against the accused if ill-treated. .

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The court called lawyer Faisal Siddiqui to the rostrum and said, “We value your reservations,” on two occasions first suspended other benches and constituted a full court.

The Chief Justice said that we have consulted on the formation of the full court.

The Chief Justice remarked that he will continue his work whether anyone likes it or not, the people will decide what law will be applied in the country, whether we did the job right or not, we leave it to history, we don’t care about criticism. , we are accountable only to Allah and therefore continue to work.

After that, the Attorney General read out the decisions of the Supreme Court regarding military trials and said that Article 175A does not apply to military courts.

On which Justice Muneeb Akhtar said that military courts have trial of soldiers who do not have basic human rights, but if civilians have basic human rights, then how will they be tried?

“Pick and choose is not allowed in the law”
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court remarked during the hearing yesterday that there should be an independent body to review whether the arrests were made on valid grounds or not.

Justice Mazahir Naqvi said in his remarks that why were the remaining people left except these one hundred and two people?

He said that pick and choose is not allowed in the law.

During the hearing held yesterday, the Attorney General also presented the details of one hundred and two detained persons in the court.

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