Pasban plea included in petitions against mily courts

Islamabad: A three-member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk and comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Gulizar Ahmed has included the constitutional petition against the military courts filed by Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor to other petitions filed by different lawyers and human rights organizations against the military courts.

Pasban lawyers, Rasheed A Razvi, Tauseef Asif, Syed Abdul Waheed, and advocate on record Syed Rafaqat Hussain Shah, were present during the hearing. Asma Jahangir, Hamid Khan, Shafqat Chohan and other senior lawyers were present to represent different petitioners.

Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor in his petition has submitted that the military courts system is a parallel judicial system and hence against the constitution, hitting its articles 4, 9, 10 and 25. The basic constitutional framework and the fundamental rights cannot be changed with any constitutional amendment. The setting up of military courts would be against the spirit of the constitution. It is contempt of court, as well, because the apex court in past had already given verdict against the military courts, says a release.

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