‘Two judicial magistrates nominated for mily courts’

KARACHI: District West’s sessions judge has nominated two judicial magistrates for newly set-up military courts for Karachi, it was learnt on Monday.

The military courts have been established under the 21st constitutional amendment to try civilians in terrorism-related cases. Two military courts have been established for Karachi at the Malir Cantonment, while one each has been set up for Hyderabad and Sukkur.

Sources told PPI that at the request of the home department, District West’s sessions judge has nominated two judicial magistrates for the military courts. The judicial magistrates would record the statements of the accused persons under Section 164 of the CrPC and conduct identification parade before commencement of the trial.

Earlier, the government had approached the Sindh High Court chief justice to nominate judicial magistrates for newly established military courts in the province. The home department had referred to a letter received from the law enforcing agencies, stating that prior to the commencement of the trial, some of the accused wanted to voluntarily record their confessional statements under Section 164 of the CrPC. For that purpose, the home department was asked to ensure nomination of judicial magistrates to record the statements of the accused persons.

The SHC, however, had rejected the request, said the sources and explained that in 2001, district and sessions judges were given powers to nominate the judicial magistrate for the assignment.

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