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Pakistani Supreme Court suspends executions ordered by military tribunals

Thursday April 16, the Pakistani Supreme Court justices ordered the suspension of executions decreed by recently established military courts. The military had been granted the authority to try and hand out such punishments to suspects of terrorism. Such a move came after the attack on a school in Peshawar last year by the Taliban. However, the establishment of military tribunes and the allowing of death penalties was heavily criticized by many human rights lawyers as well as activists, since military often operates under secrecy and is given much more discretion when compared to civilian courts. A petition was filed by Supreme Court Bar Association, arguing that military courts fail to provide the accused with hearings and proceedings that meet international standards.

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