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Pak Supreme Court stays high court order to acquit 68 terrorists convicted by military courts

Pakistan s Supreme Court Friday ordered the authorities to restrain from acquitting 68 terrorists convicted by military courts on terrorism charges. The release of the convicts was earlier ordered by the Peshawar High Court (PHC). All 68 were sentenced by the military courts in different cases but they challenged the conviction in the PHC which on October 18 overturned the sentence and ordered the authorities to set them free. The acquittal order was challenged by the Defence Ministry on behalf of army in the Supreme Court, where a two-member bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed heard the case. Additional Attorney General Sajid Ilyas Bhatti told the apex court that the high court failed to take into account the accurate review of the facts. He argued that all convicts were involved in acts of militancy and were convicted by the military courts after due process of law. The court after hearing argument ordered jail authorities that convicts be released until final adjudication of the ...

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