ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah clarified that out of nearly 500 cases filed after the May 9 vandalism in Pakistan, only six are being processed to be tried under the Army Act.
Addressing to press conference, he rejected the perception created by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that all those arrested would face military courts. Sanaullah stated that the remaining cases would be tried by ordinary courts.
He shared that 499 First Information Reports (FIRs) had been registered in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with 88 of them registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and 411 registered under other charges.
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Interior Minister provided details about the number of arrests made, stating that 3944 suspects had been taken into custody in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with another 5536 arrests made in other cases.
However, 80% of those arrested in these cases have been released on bail. He clarified that only seven out of the 499 cases are being processed to be tried in military courts.
Sanaullah assured the public that no innocent individuals would be implicated in the cases, but those who instigated and carried out the violent acts would face legal consequences.
He explained that the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 and the Official Secrets Act 1923 would be applied to determine whether violations had occurred, those found guilty of violating these laws would be tried under army laws.
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Sanaullah accused the PTI of planning the violent acts and leaving behind evidence, while stating that the people had rejected the politics of anarchy and chaos propagated by Imran Khan and his party.
He also accused Khan and PTI of planning the violent acts and leaving behind an “extensive trail of evidence”.
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