The Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of two former army officers who were convicted for planning to overthrow the government of Benazir Bhutto in 1995. The officers, Col Mohammad Azad Minhas and Col Inayat Ullah Khan, were arrested along with others on the charge of planning to attack a meeting of military commanders. The plan included assassinating Benazir Bhutto and other top officials. The details of the conspiracy were revealed by a conspirator who turned approver. The court martial sentenced the main conspirator to seven years in prison and another conspirator to 14 years. The two officers were court-martialed in 1996 and sentenced to four years each in prison. They appealed the sentence and argued that it was without jurisdiction and had malicious intent. The Supreme Court reserved its verdict in February last year. The court dismissed their appeals, stating that the main offense of “conspiring to wage a war against Pakistan” did not need to be proven before starting the trial. The additional attorney general for Pakistan contested the officers’ claims.
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