On 20/9/2017, the death sentence of Pakistan's military court of 4 persons was confirmed. On about 8/9/2017, the death sentence of 4 others were also confirmed. The Military Court, that now tries civilians for alleged terrorist linked offences, came into being in 2015 - Below are some news report, plus also a news article entitled, 'Here's All You Should Know About Pakistan's Military Court
COAS confirms death sentence of four terrorists tried by military courts
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed on Wednesday the death sentences awarded to four “hardcore” terrorists involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, according to the army’s media wing.
The Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement that the suspects are accused of abducting/slaughtering of soldiers and attacking law enforcement agencies and armed forces personnel.
“On the whole, they were involved in killing of 21 persons and injuring another person. Arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession. These convicts were tried by military courts. They were awarded death sentence,” the statement reads.
The army shared the following details of the accused:
1. Shabbir Ahmed, son of Muhammad Shafique. The convict was a member of a proscribed organisation involved in attacking armed forces personnel, which resulted in the death of Major Adnan and 10 soldiers. He was also involved in the kidnapping and slaughtering of four soldiers.
2. Umara Khan, son of Ahmed Khan. The convict was a member of a proscribed organisation and was involved in attacking armed forces personnel which resulted in the death of three soldiers. He was also involved in the destruction of Government Girls Primary School, Hazara. He was found in possession of firearms and explosives.
3. Tahir Ali, son of Syed Nabi. The convict was a member of a proscribed organisation and involved in attacking armed forces personnel, which resulted in the death of two soldiers.
4. Aftabud Din, son of Farrukh Zada. The convict was a member of a proscribed organisation and involved in attacking law enforcement agency personnel, which resulted in the death of a police official and injuries to another. He was found in possession of firearms and explosives.
All the convicts admitted their offence before the magistrate and the trial court, after which they were awarded the death sentence, said the army.
Earlier in March, President Mamnoon Hussain signed the 28th Amendment Bill 2017 extending military courts for another two years.
The bill, following the president’s signature, is now an Act of Parliament. Under this Act, the duration of the military courts has been extended for another two years, starting from January 7, 2017. – Geo News, 20/9/2017
Pakistan army chief confirms death sentences to 4 “hardcore terrorists”
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday confirmed death sentences to four “hardcore terrorists” who were awarded the capital punishment by military courts for committing offences related to terrorism, said the military media wing.
“The chief of Army staff confirmed death sentences awarded to four hardcore terrorists, who were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including abducting and slaughtering of soldiers, destruction of government girls school, attacking law enforcement agencies and armed forces of Pakistan,” a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.
“On the whole they were involved in killing of 21 persons and injuring another person,” the statement said, adding that fire-arms and explosives were also recovered from their possession.
All of them were members of a proscribed organization based in Pakistan and were arrested from different areas across the country.
All of the convicts had admitted their offences before the magistrates and the trial courts, according to a statement.
The army courts were set up after the terrorist attack on an army school in the country’s northwest city of Peshawar in December 2014 for the speedy trial of the terrorism-related accused.
According to the legal experts, the convicts have the right of appeal to the president under the law. However, the president has previously rejected all the mercy petitions in terrorism-related cases. – Xinzua, 20/9/2017
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday confirmed the death sentences of four terrorists involved in killings of 16 individuals and injuring 8 others, said an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.
The terrorists were involved in killings of innocent civilians, attacking law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and armed forces, army’s media wing said.
23 others have been awarded imprisonments “of various duration” by the military courts, according to the statement.
A Corps Commanders’ Conference in General Headquarters (GHQ), chaired by Gen Bajwa, “discussed internal and external security situation of the country and progress of operation Raddul Fasaad,” another ISPR press release said.
Details of the convicts provided by ISPR:
Raiz Ahmed s/o Ghularam Khan
The convict was member of a banned organisation. He was involved in attacking LEAs and armed forces which resulted in death of eight police and frontier constabulary officials, and injuries of five police officials. He was also involved in destruction of the Government Middle School, Aligrama. A firearm was found in his possession. Ahmed admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.
Hafeez ur Rehman s/o Habib ur Rehman
The convict was a member of a banned organisation and was involved in killing of three civilians. He admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court. He was awarded death sentence.
Muhammad Saleem s/o Muslim Khan
The convict was member of a banned organisation. He was involved in attacks on LEAs and armed forces which resulted in death of four soldiers and injured another. A firearm was found in his possession. Saleem admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court and was awarded death sentence.
Kifayat Ullah s/o Dilresh
The convict was member of a banned organisation and involved in attack on armed forces which resulted in death of a soldier and injured 2 others. A firearm was found in his possession.He admitted his offences before a magistrate and the trial court and was awarded death sentence.
Pakistan had legalised military court trials of terror suspects for a period of two years in January 2015, soon after terrorists killed 144 people, mostly children, at an Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar. Military courts had been disbanded owing to a sunset clause on January 7 but resumed operations after Pakistan Army Act 2017 and the 28th Constitutional Amendment Bill came into force late March. – Dawn, 8/9/2017
Here’s All You Should Know About Pakistan’s Military Court That Gave Kulbhushan Jadhav Death Sentence
May 24, 2017
Pakistan’s infamous military courts are often called ‘Kangaroo Courts’ by the critics all over the world as they are known to sentence people without relevent evidence in the cases that are primarily aimed at vengeance against the rivals of the military establishment.
With former Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) official Lieutenant General (retd) Amjad Shoaib admitting that Pakistan abducted Kulbhushan Jadhav from Iran, Pakistan’s claims of Jadhav being arrested on Pakistan’s soil have got punctured once again.
Now India can further use his admission to sabotage Pakistan’s bundle of lies and expose how the military courts in Pakistan are dictating terms and taking decisions on people’s lives as per their whims and fancies.
Pakistan is the only country in South Asia where military courts trial the civilians behind closed doors despite it being against the country’s constitution. It’s no more a clandestine fact that military is the de facto government in Pakistan and the civilian government, judiciary and all other institutions aren’t even the rubber stamps.
Here is all you should know about military courts in Pakistan
Military courts don’t share any evidence against the accused and their four-star generals play demigods and sentence people punishment as per their fancies and Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case of no different.
Military Courts have a history, but lately, they came into being after Peshawar school attack
The terrorist attack on an army school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, in which 140 people mostly school children had died paved way for the revival of military courts.
On January 6, 2015, Pakistan’s Parliament unanimously passed the 21st amendment of the Constitution which legalised special military court trials for hardcore terrorists which also included suspected civilians. The courts were revived for two years and in these two years the military courts had awarded death sentence to 161 militants and roughly 21 have been executed.
In January 2017, the trial period of military courts had expired, but in March Pakistan parliament once again extended their period for two more years.