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SC suspends PHC order to set aside conviction of 74 'militants' by military courts

12:01 PM | 9 Nov, 2018
SC suspends PHC order to set aside conviction of 74 'militants' by military courts
ISLAMABAD - The supreme court on Thursday issued a stay order over Peshawar High Court (PHC) verdict to set aside convictions of 74 suspected militants most of whom were awarded death sentences by military courts in terrorism-related cases.

A two-member bench headed by Justice Azmad Saeed heard an appeal filed by Ministry of Defence challenging the high court judgment.

The apex court has also barred the jail superintendents from releasing the suspects, who were acquitted by the court On Oct 18 due to the absecnce of evidence against them.

During the hearing, Additional Attorney General Sajid Illyas Bhattin argued that the PHC did not examine the facts properly, adding that the suspects were involved in serious crimes, including terrorism.

The additional attorney general pleaded the court to restore the setences awarded by the military courts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provice.

The top court has issued notices to the attorney general and adjourned the hearing for an indefinite time.

PHC Verdict

A PHC bench comprising Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Lal Jan Khattak, earlier, pronounced a short verdict to allow 74 writ petitions mostly filed by close relatives of the convicts, claiming that military courts were not empowered to hear the case related to offenses committed more than three years ago.

A detailed judgment was issued on Nov 2, ruling that the recent convictions by the military courts in the province were wrongful and were based on ill-will instead of tangible evidence.

In its 173-page judgment, the provincial high court ruled that while exercising their power of judicial review in light of the judgments of the apex court, it accepted all petitions, set aside the impugned convictions and sentences, being based on malice in law and facts, and directed respondents, including federal and provincial governments, to free all convicts and internees if they’re not wanted in any other case(s).


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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