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Imran will face military courts for planning May 9 attacks: Rana Sanaullah

  • Interior minister says the plan PTI chief devised to target military installations and then executed is a military case
Published May 30, 2023

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said Tuesday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan will face prosecution in a military court for events of May 9, which included violence following his arrest and attacks on military installations.

During an appearance on Dawn News show Live with Adil Shahzeb, Sanaullah claimed Imran personally planned the attacks on military installations before he was arrested, and there was evidence to support this claim.

Asked if Imran would be tried in a military court, Sanaullah replied: "Absolutely, why not?".

"My understanding is that the plan he developed to target military installations and then executed is a military case."

Khan’s arrest sparked deadly protests across the country, with army establishments being attacked and state buildings set ablaze.

Many PTI workers and leaders were arrested in a countrywide crackdown against the protests taken out by the PTI on May 09.

The military has termed the events of May 9 a “dark chapter” and announced to try the rioters under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act.

The National Assembly on May 22 passed a resolution vowing to try rioters involved in the May 9 attacks on army and state installations under existing laws, including the Army Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act. The National Security Committee also endorsed the decision.

The interior minister's statement today comes after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government was considering banning the PTI over May 9 events.

“It is under consideration to ban PTI,” Asif told reporters. “The PTI has attacked the very basis of the state, that never happened before. It can’t be tolerated”.

Separately, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Asim Munir has vowed to punish the "planners, instigators, abettors, and perpetrators]1 involved in May 9 tragedy.

COAS recently said that the legal process in this regard had commenced "under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secret Act as per existing and established legal procedures derived from the Constitution of Pakistan.”


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Tulukan Mairandi May 30, 2023 09:34pm
The military courts must hand down bonecrushing and merciless punishment without fear and favour
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BK May 30, 2023 11:24pm
What nonsense is this? Again the establishment and PDM are trying to create chaos in the country. Bloody hell, just have the elections. Let the will of people prevail. This is really getting to a point of utter disgust, criminality, absurdity and a complete loss of peoples basic right. The judiciary really needs to wake up, otherwise people have no where else to go. ARMY GENERALS, PLEASE! ITS ENOUGH. LET US LIVE IN PEACE! JUST GO BACK TO THE BARRACKS!
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Shahid Khan May 30, 2023 11:37pm
Hopefully Army would remain neutral which is need of the hour and let the courts function & sent culprits behind prison
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KU May 31, 2023 12:02am
Just turn back some pages of our history and see the journey from 1958 to 1969, and for further education go through the period from 1970 to 1977, if we still don't get it, then we deserve our leaders and their shenanigans.
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bonce richard May 31, 2023 02:16am
@Shahid Khan, What you expect our army is honest and sincere for the country. I have experienced when our army raped women in Bangladesh in the name of Islam.
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KhanRA May 31, 2023 02:23am
Faujistan. Are they planning another 1971?
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Rebirth May 31, 2023 03:53am
Notorious, convicted criminals conducting press conferences about establishing the rule of law will create more unrest. There needs to be parity. Why did Maryam ask Miftah to step down? Their constituents don’t pay taxes or utilities. Their businesses are all based in lower and middle class commercial districts in a few cities of Central Punjab. This won’t just be a political and public relations’ decision but also, important for our revenue and economy, at large. In fact, its an issue of national security. We have already become like America, taking on debt just to fund our military and other defence institutions. These N-league constituents must also be held accountable and be made to pay their dues in the manner the anti-encroachment drive was conducted in Karachi, or in the major cities in Punjab against petroleum stations. The repercussions of the May 9th incident should not turn the silent majority against their own nation. People like Patel and Rana are making that happen.
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