The Sindh government clarified that they did not file an appeal challenging the Supreme Court’s decision that declared unconstitutional the trials of civilians under the Pakistan Army Act 1952. The Supreme Court declared certain sections of the law as unconstitutional and ruled that identified persons should be tried by criminal courts. The Sindh government denied reports of filing an appeal and caretaker governments in the Centre and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also challenged the decision. The federal government challenged the composition of the bench that heard the petitions, and argued that the Army Act ensures a fair trial and that court-martials and district trial courts have existed concurrently since 1947. The appeal also mentioned the right of accused persons to correspond with legal advisers and object to court members. The federal government also argued that petitions should have been filed in the high court first before approaching the Supreme Court. Additionally, the appeal highlighted the targeted attacks on military installations and the damage caused during the May 9 incidents. The government also argued that the bench was not constituted in accordance with the SC Practice and Procedure Act, 2023.
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