Supreme Court of Pakistan. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 22 April: The government of Pakistan has urged the Supreme Court to revoke its earlier order of staying death sentences to six terrorists by the military courts.

The military courts established in Pakistan under the 21st constitutional amendment had recently awarded death sentences to six terrorists and life imprisonment to another terrorist. However, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) approached the Supreme Court against the decision of the military courts.

A 17-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk in its decision on the SCBA’s petition on 16 April had stated that petitions on the legal status of the military courts are pending with the court. The apex court had stated that the punishments awarded by the military courts will remain suspended till the outcome of the pending cases regarding their constitutional status.

The government’s lawyer told the Supreme Court during the hearing of the case yesterday that the military courts were established for speedy disposal of terrorism cases. He said the people convicted by the military courts had been given the right to appeal against their sentences and they can also approach the President of Pakistan for clemency.

The government’s lawyer called on the apex court to restore punishments awarded by the military courts to convicts. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till Monday.

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