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No chance of military courts revival: CJ

During a hearing of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference on Wednesday, Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said that there should be no ambiguity over the fact that there was no chance of the re-establishment of military courts.
He said so in reaction to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s statement at a Karachi gathering where he said that his party would again establish military courts in Sindh if voted to power in the next general election.
The chief justice said that “while we are here, all matters would be handled constitutionally”.
Furthermore, during the day’s proceedings, Advocate-General Sindh said that the presidential reference did not call for a reopening of the case and that the reference only sought the court’s recommendation on the issue. The advocate general further said that the court should give its opinion on the decision against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Moreover, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani said that there was no example of reopening a case in the subcontinent. Whereas, the chief justice said that if cases were reopened, then more and more people would demand to reopen other cases.



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9 Comments

  1. Moeen Salahuddin said:

    I think there should be military courts in Karachi as a situation of war exists. The organized criminal elements are too strong and have frightened the normal courts and paralyzed the system

  2. Muddassir said:

    A salp for those who were dreaming about military courts

  3. Dr khan said:

    Sir ,the very mention of military courts sends a shiver down my spine esp. when a former prime minister suggests it! I thought he was for the supremacy of the judiciary! Are we a banana republic.? I have seen military courts in action. God save us from them. What makes them unique.? What makes them honest?
    Come on Mr Former P.M you have better iQ than your suggestion.
    Thank you Mr.C.J for your reassuring words

  4. Moeen Salahuddin said:

    The government is responsible for law and order. What the CJ perhaps meant was that military courts cannot be established to suppress political dissent. There is certainly no chance of that. This is strictly in the domain of army assisting civil government to maintain law and order.

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