December 15, 2023
Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council have expressed their serious concerns upon trial of civilians in military courts. They further expressed that the Pakistan Bar Council has great respect and honour for the institutions and always believes that trust of the public at large should never be shaken on the Constitutional Institutions of the Country.
They reiterated stance of the Pakistan Bar Council that trial of civilians should not be made in military Courts and said that it is consistent view of the Bar Councils and Bar Associations that ordinarily, no civilians should be persecuted or tried under the provisions of Army Act. They also said that civilized society cannot tolerate trial of civilians in military courts and if that is done then it would be violation of fundamental rights and said that such like acts will have far-reaching implications and a question on capacity and credibility of civil courts in Pakistan.
They urged that every under trial individual shall be afforded the opportunity of due process of law and fair trial as enshrined in Articles 4 and 10A of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This Council ever struggled for the Rule of Law and supremacy of Constitution in the Country.