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Supreme Court of Pakistan serves a serious blow to Human Rights, allows Military to run Courts

August,30,2016:

The decision marks the 1st time the highest court has ruled on the legality of cases tried by the military.

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 Apex Court of Pakistan, on Monday dismissed appeals of at least sixteen terrorists, including those who were convicted for the Peshawar school carnage & sentenced to death, by special military courts, the 1st time the Supreme court has ruled on the legality of  the cases tried by the Army.

The Apex Court in its 182-page decision ruled the appellants had not proved that the military courts had violated their constitutional rights or failed to follow the procedure.

This decision is a major blow to lawyers & civil society activists who had been struggling to reverse the convictions by the military courts.

The five-member full Bench, was headed by the Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali.

The terrorists were found guilty for the involvement in the Army Public School Attack in Peshawar, Rawalpindi Parade Line bombing , the Bannu jailbreak & attacks on Army convoys & installations.

Convicts were tried by the  special military courts set up after Peshawar school attack for speedy trial of the rebels.

 The appeals had already been rejected by the Army chief General Raheel Sharif, but the convicts had challenged the sentences in the Apex Court.

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