rawalpindi - The Lahore High Court here yesterday dismissed three petitions filed against death sentence in terrorism cases by military courts , saying the high court had no jurisdiction to hear pleas against decisions of the military courts .
A division bench comprising Justice Abdul Sami Khan and Justice Shahid Mahmood dismissed the petitions without issuing notices to the respondents. The petitions were filed against death penalty of M Ghauri, Abdul Qayyum and Said Zaman. The bench while dismissing the petitions observed that the high court could not hear the pleas under article 199 (3) of the Constitution of Pakistan. Advocate Inam-ur-Rahim had filed the petitions against the death penalty, saying proper procedure had not been followed while trying and convicting three men by the military courts . Momina Bibi, mother of Said Zaman, had petitioned before the high court that her son had been given death sentence by a military court. She said that the military authorities did not inform her about the charges levelled against her son. She said that proper legal procedure was not followed before conviction of her son. In an identical petition, Javaid Iqbal Ghauri pleaded to the high court that his son Md Ghauri, a student, went missing from Islamabad in 2010.
He said that in 2012, he was informed that his son was in custody of intelligence agencies and was being kept in an internment centre. He noted that in 2012 he met his son who had become crippled at the time. He informed the court that on January 1, 2016, he was informed about death penalty handed down to his son. The petitioner said that he was not aware of whereabouts of his son.
In her petition Kalsoom Bibi, wife of Qayyum, said that her husband went missing in 2010. She said that in 2012, she learnt that her husband was in custody of the intelligence agencies. She said that a military court had handed down death sentence to her husband and she was not aware of the charges levelled against her husband. Advocate Rahim said that the petitioners on January 4, 2016 wrote letters to military authorities asking for copies of charge sheets against the death convicts. Commenting on the decision of the LHC, Advocate Rahim said that the court had observed that the petitioners had failed to point out legal or procedural shortcomings in the trials carried out by military courts . The lawyer said that the petitioners actually had no information about any kind of trial or charges against the three men. Advocate Rahim said that he would challenge the decision of the LHC in the Supreme Court.