ISLAMABAD: Defence ministry has challenged the court decision for stopping the trial of civilians in military courts.
The defence ministry has prayed the court to nullify the decision on stopping the trial of civilians in military courts.
The defence ministry has requested the court to restore the clauses of official secret act which have been nullified.
The petition said section 59(4) of army act which has been declared null and void be also restored.
The petitioner further said in the petition that the petitions on which the Supreme Court (SC) has given decision were non maintainable.
Annulment of clauses of army act and official act will cause irreparable loss to the country.
On October 23, a five-member Supreme Court bench declared Section 2(1)(d) of the Army Act, specifying persons subject to the Act, unconstitutional and “of no legal effect.” The court also declared Section 59(4) (civil offences) of the Act to be unconstitutional. Justice Afridi dissented with the decision to strike down these sections.
The order stipulated that the trials of 102 civilians and accused persons, as identified by the government in a list provided to the Supreme Court, and all others connected to the events of May 9, should take place in criminal courts.