Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Busy signal in Peshawar

Dawn has this report on the slow pace of proceedings in the Peshawar High Court and the Supreme Court of Pakistan in cases seeking review of military court judgments. Excerpt:
Around 250 petitions challenging the conviction of suspected militants by military courts before the Peshawar High Court have entered a decisive stage as after repeated orders the ministry of defence finally submitted the relevant records in these cases.

Because of delay in submission of the said records, a bench of the high court, headed by Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, had on Feb 11 directed the lawyers representing the convicts and the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to submit written arguments and on the basis of those arguments the court would announce judgment in these cases on Feb 20.

However, a bench of PHC Chief Justice Waqar Seth and Justice Mohammad Naeem Anwar on Feb 20 adjourned hearing of these cases to March 10 as the records in these cases were produced before it. Proceedings in all these cases are conducted in-camera.

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