Defence Ministry seeks time from SC over amending Army Act 1952
14 November, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Defence Ministry on Tuesday sought time from the Supreme Court to make opinion in amending the Pakistan Army Act 1952 by removing an apparent inconsistency in the law which bars provision of verdicts of the Field General Court Martial (FGCM) to the accused.
Mujeebur Rehman, representing the ministry appeared before a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, and assured the court that he had conveyed the concern of the apex court to the ministry.
He also informed the court that the ministry wanted to go through the court orders for which he had already applied. Only after seeing the order, he said they would form their opinion, adding that he had also asked them to bring the army act in conformity with other rules.
On November 12, the court asked the counsel to convey court's anxiety to the ministry to consider amendment in the Pakistan Army Act 1958 similar to the amendments done in the Pakistan Air Force Act Rules 1957 and the Pakistan Navy Act.
The bench had taken up the petition of Col (r) Muhammad Akram seeking amendment in the army act so that the convicts be provided reasons of the verdict to voice their grievance in appeal. The court adjourned the proceedings for three weeks.