Imran: Imran moves SC against trials in military courts and deployment of armed forces

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, challenged in the Supreme Court on Monday the deployment of armed forces in three provinces of Pakistan and the federal capital, Islamabad, for the benefit of the civilian government , and the trial before military tribunals of civilians accused of the May 9 attacks on military installations.
The PTI moved the supreme court shortly after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif claimed that those who attacked military properties during protests earlier this month would be tried in the country’s military courts.
The plea, filed by the senior leader of the PTI Omar Ayub Khan, argued that troops were deployed in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Islamabad citing Article 245 of the constitution. The article stipulates that the Armed Forces shall, under the direction of the Federal Government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war and, subject to law, act in favor of the civil power when called upon to do so. TO DO.
The PTI alleged that the purpose of deploying the troops was to politically victimize the party led by Imran and to sow the seeds of discord between the military and key political figures.
The petition claimed that trying civilians in military tribunals violated fundamental human rights and, according to PTI’s plea, constituted a “clear violation of due process” and Pakistan’s commitment to international law. The plea urged the court to declare null and void the invocation of Section 245 and the ongoing crackdown being conducted under its jurisdiction.
During Khan’s 48-hour detention earlier this month, his supporters stormed government vehicles and buildings, including military properties, and set some of them on fire. At least 25 people have been killed in protests and more than 8,000, including second-tier PTI leaders, have been arrested so far.
Meanwhile, the country’s National Assembly has passed a resolution promising to try the May 9 rioters under the Army Law and the Anti-Terrorism Law. The resolution, proposed by the Minister of Defense Khawaja Asif, was passed by the House after a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of it. Reading the resolution, Asif said that “heartless and heartbreaking incidents took place on May 9” and that the day should be “counted as a black day”.
The PTI leader, however, alleges that the incumbent 13-party coalition government is colluding with the powerful military to keep it out of the electoral process. “All my senior management is in jail. I am going to Islamabad to be released on bail on Tuesday, and there is an 80% chance that I will be arrested. There is no rule of law,” the official said. politician, 70. “Everything is done to dismantle our democracy,” he told the media.
Khan was removed from office in April last year after losing a confidence vote in parliament. Since then, he has been calling for early national elections, otherwise scheduled for between October and November this year.


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