Military Courts sentenced 186 terrorists to death: Report


*ISLAMABAD: *The army courts, which were set up after passing a constitutional amendment, have concluded 333 cases out of 486 cases and awarded capital punishment to 186 persons, said a written reply of the Ministry of Defence during question hour in the National Assembly on Monday.

MNA Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan had inquired from the defence ministry about the total number of cases pending in the military courts at present along with details. In reply to this question, the ministry stated that 101 cases were in the military courts and that 52 cases had been dropped.

According to the details provided to the parliamentarians, 79 individuals were awarded life imprisonment by these courts and 47 convicts jailed for 20 years.

The military courts have also jailed one person for 18 years, another convict for 16 years, 13 individuals for 14 years, three persons for 10 years, and two convicts for seven years, the reply said.

Only one individual was acquitted by these courts since their inception, it added.

A total of 332 appeals were filed in military appeal courts out of which 307 had been finalised and only 25 were under process, the lawmakers were further informed.

All the 151 mercy petitions sent to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) had been rejected by him, it said.

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