PTI asks judiciary to expedite May 9 accused cases

Spokesperson says many young individuals unjustly held in military detention

Our Correspondent May 28, 2024
Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) throw stones after police fire tear gas to disperse them in Lahore on May 9, 2023. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) reiterated its demand on Monday to nullify military trials of civilians involved in the May 9, 2023 violence. The party urged the judiciary to expedite cases of individuals who have been detained for over a year.

Speaking to reporters, PTI spokesperson Raoof Hasan highlighted that despite the Supreme Court ruling declaring civilian trials in military courts unconstitutional, many young individuals remain unjustly detained, suffering under state oppression.

Hasan emphasized the urgency of the situation, noting that it has been over a month since the request to form a larger bench for appeals against the apex court ruling was made. However, the case remains unscheduled since the last hearing on April 24.

The spokesperson pointed out the immense suffering endured by the families of these victims due to inhumane conditions faced by those unlawfully imprisoned. He also highlighted the violation of fundamental human rights, particularly during the harsh summer conditions.

Hasan underscored that the Constitution prohibits the trial of civilians in military courts, especially by appointing defense ministry employees as judges. He asserted that in any civilized democratic society, civilian trials in military courts are nonexistent.

He condemned the practice of falsely accusing citizens and prolonging their military trials, labelling it a systematic attack on human rights. The Supreme Court, he urged, should immediately establish a larger bench to hear intra-court appeals against military court trials and proceed with these cases urgently.

The Supreme Court must ensure protection of both the Constitution and fundamental rights, and should order the release of those currently in military custody, the spokesperson added.

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Meanwhile, the PTI spokesperson underscored the significance of May 28, commemorating Pakistan's successful nuclear tests as a testament to national determination, sacrifice, and unity. However, he criticised certain groups for exploiting Pakistan's peaceful nuclear programme for political gain.

Driven by the principles of maintaining a minimum defence capability and balancing regional power, he said, the nation made significant sacrifices to develop its nuclear programme. He lauded the dedication of Pakistani scientists who worked tirelessly, prioritising national security over personal interests.

“Public support and participation are crucial at every stage, from inception to completion,” he said. Given Pakistan's economic constraints and the need for defending against a significantly larger adversary, this effort is essential,” he stressed.

He condemned those who prioritise personal gain in politics, asserting that the nation had firmly opposed any reckless actions concerning the nuclear programme. He cited testimonies of key figures associated with the programme, including former Foreign Minister Gauhar Ayub Khan and Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, who revealed how Nawaz Sharif's resolve wavered after the nuclear tests.

According to the spokesperson, the nation unequivocally demanded action, blocking any escape routes for Nawaz Sharif and insisting on the nuclear tests. He dismissed claims that those who enriched themselves by looting the national treasury were also responsible for the country's nuclear achievements, calling such assertions misleading.

The PTI representative warned that the current leadership, by mishandling the economy and disregarding the people's mandate, is exposing Pakistan's national security to serious threats. He urged the decision-makers to abandon official narratives and take serious, practical steps in light of the current delicate situation, emphasising the need for responsible governance and prudent actions.


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