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Government decides not to send women, underage May 9 ‘Rioters’ in military courts

The federal government of Pakistan has made a significant decision regarding the trial of women and underage individuals involved in the violent protests that took place on May 9. It has been decided that these individuals will not be tried in military courts.

Violent protests erupted across the country following the arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on May 9 in connection with the Al-Qadir Trust case. The protests resulted in the loss of lives and injuries, leading to the arrest of thousands of PTI workers.

During these protests, civil and military installations, including the Corps Commander’s House in Lahore Cantt and the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, were targeted by miscreants.

The military referred to May 9 as a “Black Day” and had initially decided to try the rioters under the Army Act. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also described May 9 as the “darkest day in the history” of the country and announced that the suspects would be tried in military courts.

However, the federal government has now decided against trying women and underage suspects involved in the attacks in military courts. Instead, these individuals will be tried in civilian courts. This decision reflects a shift in approach and emphasizes the importance of considering the specific circumstances and vulnerabilities of these individuals.

Sources indicate that during the proceedings in civilian courts, the suspects will have the right to engage a counsel of their choice. They will also be allowed to meet their families once a week, ensuring their access to legal representation and support systems.

While the decision to try women and underage individuals in civilian courts is a positive step towards ensuring fairness and justice, there are also reports suggesting that the government is considering trying the former prime minister, who was removed from power in April last year, in a military court. However, there is opposition to this proposal among some ministers.

The trial of suspects involved in the May 9 riots has been a matter of significant concern and debate. The federal government’s decision not to try women and underage individuals in military courts reflects a recognition of their unique circumstances and the need for a fair and appropriate legal process.

Moving forward, it will be crucial for the government to ensure transparency and adherence to due process in the trial of all suspects involved in the violent protests of May 9. By upholding the principles of justice and fairness, the government can contribute to fostering a sense of trust and confidence among the public.
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This decision also highlights the significance of differentiating between individuals based on their age and gender when determining legal proceedings. It underscores the importance of safeguarding the rights of women and underage individuals, ensuring their fair treatment under the law.

In conclusion, the federal government’s decision not to try women and underage individuals involved in the May 9 riots in military courts demonstrates a commitment to fairness and justice. By opting for civilian courts, the government acknowledges the need to consider the specific circumstances and vulnerabilities of these individuals. As the legal proceedings progress, it is essential to uphold due process and ensure a transparent and fair trial for all suspects involved in the violent protests.

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