Protests started in the country after the arrest of PTI chairman Imran Khan on 9 May.
The difficulties of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan may increase. Trial can go on against Imran Khan in a military court. Already 33 supporters have been handed over to the army. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said this during a press conference.
Home Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday that 19 suspects in Punjab and 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been handed over to the army following attacks on army installations during violent protests in the country on May 9. The Home Minister said that out of 499 FIRs, action is being taken on only six (two in Punjab and four in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa). These could possibly be tried in military courts. But an atmosphere is being created as if everyone is being tried in military courts.
Protests started in the country after the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan on 9 May. While the protests were going on, the entire social media was flooded with footage of rioting and vandalism at various places including Lahore Corps Commander House and General Headquarters.
The army later termed the events of 9 May a “dark chapter” and announced its intention to prosecute the rioters under relevant laws, including two military laws (the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act). The decision was supported by the National Security Committee, the country’s main decision-making forum on foreign policy and national security, amid protests from human rights organizations and activists.
PTI has approached the Supreme Court against the federal government’s decision to prosecute civilians under the Army Act. While Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif clarified earlier this week that only those damaging civilian infrastructure would be prosecuted under the anti-terror law. At the same time, he had said that those accused of sabotage would be prosecuted under military laws.