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SC resumes hearing of pleas against civilians’ trial in military courts

12:48 PM | 1 Aug, 2023
SC resumes hearing of pleas against civilians’ trial in military courts

ISLAMABAD – A six-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) has reconvened to hear a series of petitions challenging the use of military courts to try civilians.

The bench includes Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, along with Justices Ijazul Ahsan, Munib Akhtar, Yahya Afridi, Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, and Ayesha A Malik.

During the previous hearing, the federal government assured the SC that convictions related to the May 9 violence would not result in capital punishment. However, the government requested more time to consider granting a substantive right of appeal against military court decisions.

Attorney General for Pakistan, Mansoor Usman Awan, informed the bench that this matter requires careful consideration, given its potential serious implications for cases like that of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav or individuals charged with espionage and declared enemies of the state.

The petitions were filed by former CJP Jawwad S Khawaja, Aitzaz Ahsan, Karamat Ali, and the PTI chairman.

Khawaja, represented by Advocate Khawaja Ahmad, urged the top court to declare the trial of civilians by military courts as unconstitutional. He argued that Section 2(1)(d)(i) and (ii) of the Pakistan Army Act were inconsistent with the fundamental rights granted by the Constitution and should be struck down. As an interim measure, he requested the suspension of all proceedings against civilians based on those sections or, alternatively, restraining any military court from passing a final order in such cases.

Prior to this petition, five members of civil society from various cities, represented by counsel Faisal Siddiqi, challenged the legality of trying civilians in military courts concerning the May 9 violence in the country.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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