The federal government has told the Supreme Court that the trial of civilians allegedly involved in the May 9 incidents has started in military courts.
In its written response submitted on the court’s order of August 3, sources said the government has told the court that the trial is important to protect the rights of the suspects.
The sources further said that according to the government’s response, conclusions should be drawn from the trials so that the suspects not involved can be acquitted.
According to the federal government, the trial of the suspects will be subject to the results of the Supreme Court proceedings.
A total of 102 people were detained for their alleged involvement in the attacks on military installations on May 9 and 10, the government says.
Its written response further says the suspects have been arrested under the Pakistan Army Act 1952, sources said
A five-member larger bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan will hear the petitions against the trial of civilians in military courts, tomorrow.
In the previous hearing, the attorney general for Pakistan had assured the Supreme Court that the trials would not start without informing the court. The remarks of the AGP were included by the Supreme Court in its written order of the Aug 3 hearing.
The federal government submitted the written response to the Supreme Court’s August 3 order on Sunday.
According to the written response, among the arrested are those who allegedly attacked the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, the Corps Commander House in Lahore, and PAF Base Mianwali as well as those who attacked the ISI establishment in Civil Lines Faisalabad, and the ISI Sialkot Cantonment office, the sources said.