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LAHORE: Senator Barrister Syed Ali Zafar of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday said the persons involved in direct attack on the military installations could be prosecuted under the Pakistan Army Act 1952.

Senator Ali, however, posted a tweet later with a changed opinion on the matter.

He said in his tweet that the trial in the military courts of persons involved in physically damaging the government property as a result of riots etc (whether used by armed forces) can only take place in normal criminal courts and any trial under the army act would be in violation of constitution and fair trial.

Earlier, Senator Ali talked to the media persons at the Lahore High Court premises.

Asked about his opinion on the government’s decision to invoke the Army Act against the miscreants involved in the May 9 riots, the senator said that the civilians directly involved in the attacks on the military installations could be tried under the special law.

“The Army Act is our law. The military officials and civilians working at the army installations can be tried under it. And civilians can also be tried under the same law for attacking an army installation,” the lawyer explained.

However, Ali maintained that only those civilians directly and personally involved in the attacks on the military installations and properties could be tried under the Army Act and added it was not like that any civilian could be charged or prosecuted under the special law for conspiring to wage the attacks.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Maqbool May 19, 2023 10:49am
I agree , but also those that were there to guard these installations who seem to have then left them unguarded . This is a dangerous precedent , so every single one must be Court marshaled from service or more . What happens if India attacked, will they again desert their posts ?
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Parvez May 19, 2023 02:35pm
He has worded his statement carefully......the headline does not properly convey the content of what exactly he said.
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