Pakistan judiciary confronts army over military trials of civilians

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Pakistan is set to witness a confrontation between its top judiciary and its powerful army after the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) vowed not to allow the armed forces to take “unconstitutional steps”.

There have been concerns from domestic as well as international groups about civilians being tried in the military courts. 

Followers of former Prime Minister Imran Khan had attacked military installations after their leader was arrested in May 2023. The civilian government of Pakistan chose not to confront and handed over 33 of these supporters to the army for military trial.   

The law minister even defended the military trial under the anti-terrorism laws and the “controversial” Office Secrets Act.  

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