SC moves against military trials of 29 civilians during PTI rule

Two policemen walk past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad.  Reuters/File
Two policemen walk past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad. Reuters/File
  • PTI chief, former army and ISI chief, among others, were made defendants.
  • The petitioner argues that the trial had no legal effect on the citizens.
  • Demand for criminal proceedings against ex-PM, army officers.

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has moved the Supreme Court (SC) against the conviction of nearly 30 civilians by military courts during the government of chairman Imran Khan. news informed of.

The apex is already considering a batch of petitions seeking quashing of the order to prosecute civilians under military laws in the wake of the May 9 protests, and PTI is one of the key petitioners.

Now, Lt Col (Retd) Inam-ul-Rahim has filed a petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution implicating the former Prime Minister as a respondent and has urged the apex court to set aside the trial, conviction and sentence awarded to the said citizens . ,

He said the prosecution of 29 civilians under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952 in conjunction with the Official Secrets Act, 1923, was in violation of Articles 4, 9, 10, 10-A, 25 and 175 of the Constitution of Pakistan. , He argued that these tests were invalid from the outset and had no legal effect.

The petitioner also urged the Supreme Court to hold former Prime Minister, former Army Chief General (Retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen (Retd) Faiz Hameed responsible for the abduction and illegal detention Is. 29 citizens, and criminal proceedings were initiated against them for alleged misuse of their powers, abuse of authority and misuse of state machinery.

“Criminal proceedings are to be initiated against these respondents for abduction, illegal detention and imprisonment of 29 citizens without due process of law and for violation of fundamental rights and constitutional guarantees guaranteed to every citizen under the Constitution,” the plea said. Needed.”

Besides the former prime minister, the army chief and the former ISI chief, the respondents in the case include the Union of Pakistan through the Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Army, the Advocate General’s Branch and the Registrar. Lahore High Court, Peshawar High Court, Sindh High Court, Balochistan High Court, Quetta and Islamabad High Court.

Similarly, the petitioner urged the top court to place together the complete records of trials of all civilians conducted under military law to the JAG, which is the custodian of records of all court-martials conducted under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952. be instructed to do so. along with the Official Secrets Act, 1923 for a fair and just disposal of the present petition.

Further, the petitioner urged the apex court to direct the registrars of all high courts to provide complete records of cases of all civilians prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act, 1923 as well as the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, pending before them. Give instructions high Court.

The petitioner argued that the prosecution of civilians under the Pakistan Army Act, 1952, was the result of an unconstitutional decision by the federal government headed by Khan, the country’s chief executive, and facilitated by senior military officers.

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