Saturday, December 26, 2015

How cases get picked for trial in Pakistan's military courts

Bowing to pressure from massive demonstrations in several cities and towns, Sindh authorities have agreed in writing to refer a case involving the late-2014 murder of Dr. Khalid Mehmood Soomro, a former senator and provincial leader of Pakistan's fifth largest political party, to a military court. The case had been pending in the existing anti-terrorism courts since May. Details here. Excerpt:
Workers of JUI-F [Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam – Fazl] staged a protest in Larkana, Sukkur and Hyderabad, demanding to include the murder case of Dr Khalid Soomro in military courts. 
The activists protested in Kandhkot for not sending Soomro’s murder case to military courts. The workers blocked main roads by burning tyres and chanted slogans against the government.

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