Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Arguments resume in 18th/21st Amendment cases in Pakistan

Arguments have resumed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the validity of the 18th and 21st Amendments to the Constitution. Judging by this and other accounts, it sounds like it was a lively day in court. Among other things, the justices asked to see the records of trial of the six cases in which civilians are under death sentence adjudged by the new military courts.
. . .  Justice [Asif Saeed] Khosa remarked that though the army chief endorsed the conviction, the appeals of the convicts were still pending. 
He questioned that if the superior officer endorsed the conviction then how his juniors could go against his verdict, and asked if anyone was involved in terror activities who were supposed to punish him, executive or judiciary?
Seems like a reasonable question. 

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