Landmark Supreme Court Verdict – Military Trials of Civilians Declared Unconstitutional

Landmark Supreme Court Verdict

Landmark Supreme Court Verdict Promoting Democracy and Justice

The Landmark Supreme Court Verdict, led by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, in his decision, declared the military trial of 102 civilians, arrested after the May 9 protests, null and void. All the civilians belong to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). After the 9th May incident, in an attempt to completely marginalize PTI, a large-scale operation was conducted by the Punjab police in collaboration with the caretaker setup, to arrest and detain all protestors, condemning the illegal arrest of Imran Khan from the high court premises. The bench, which also comprised justices Munib Akhtar, Yayha Afridi, Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, and Ayesha A Malik, emphasized the supremacy of the law in its verdict and declared the military trial null and void.

Upholding Constitutional Rights: A Milestone for Democracy

The decision was immediately shared on social and national media, and thereupon Prominent lawyers and legal experts hailed the decision as a significant step towards strengthening democracy, preserving the Constitution, and upholding the justice system of Pakistan. While discussing the landmark decision of the Supreme Court five-member bench decision, Lawyer Rida Hosain hailed it as a historic and courageous decision in the face of the establishment, emphasizing the importance of ensuring civilians’ right to a fair trial. The lawyer went on to report that in current circumstances, the importance of this decision is so significant, giving a ray of hope to the citizens of Pakistan.

Ensuring Fairness in Judicial Processes

In this decision, the Hon’ble Supreme Court affirmed the importance of trying civilians in ordinary criminal courts rather than military tribunals, stating it to be completely unconstitutional and illegal and contrary to the legal rights provided to the citizens of Pakistan, provided in Article 10 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Legal experts also underlined the inherent unfairness in military trials, including the lack of legal expertise among army officers acting as Judges and the absence of transparent proceedings. They stressed the critical need to protect the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Boosting Confidence in the Judiciary and Constitutional Principles

The Supreme Court’s order for its courage and potentially far-reaching implications are widely hailed by legal experts and citizens over social media, especially x (formerly known as Twitter). Lawyers stressed on how the given verdict signifies the court’s commitment to fair trial provisions for citizens of Pakistan, the Constitution’s principles, and the restoration of public confidence in the judiciary.

Pioneering Judgment Shaping Legal Precedent

There were many legal experts who openly acknowledged the unprecedented nature of the verdict, highlighting its departure from historical patterns. Experts also hailed the Supreme Court’s independence and Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s neutrality in judicial matters, exemplifying it to be the golden rule for success and restoration of people’s trust in the law of the land. The decision of the Supreme Court not only dismissed the creation of a military court in civilian matters but also directed the respective authorities to make necessary changes in the constitutional principles, to ensure justice in the future.

Consolidating the Principle in the Judicial System

In this regard, all legal experts in unison emphasized that the Supreme Court’s decision settles the fundamental principle of not tying civilians under military jurisdiction. After the decision, it is also believed that people belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), detained under terrorism charges will be dealt with appropriately and no erratic or illegal treatment will take place, ensuring fairness in the legal process of the country. This decision by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan is seen as a breath of fair air for the people booked under terrorism charges in the 9th May Protests, earlier feared the culmination of their cases, to be going only one-way in the military courts.

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