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SC rejects federal govt's plea to form a full court for case against civilians' trial in military courts

SC rejects federal govt's plea to form a full court for case against civilians' trial in military courts
July 18, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of the federal government to form a full court to hear the case against the trial of civilians in military courts.

During the hearing, the CJP remarked that judges are not available due to court vacations.

Justice Ayesha Malik remarked that three judges had already recused themselves from hearing the case. "The federal government has already objected to one of the members. How can the government demand the full court now," she observed.

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Abid Zubairi contended that a constitutional amendment is mandatory for holding the trial of civilians in military courts.

The CJP inquired what will happen if the internal relationship of the accused is proved. "Are you saying that the relationship of the accused is the first requirement for the trial? You mean to say civilians can be tried in military courts after linking the connection and constitutional amendment," he questioned.

Later, the court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday (tomorrow).