A military court in Pakistan has sentenced the son of a retired Major General of the Pakistan Army to five years in prison after asking Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to resign. News agency ANI gave this information. The report quoted The News International as saying that the youth had written a letter expressing concern over the ‘extension’ given to General Bajwa and had sought his resignation.
A military court has convicted Hasan Askari, son of Major General (R.) Zafar Mehdi Askari, on charges of treason for his criticism of the Pakistan Army Chief’s extension of service. Askari is a computer engineer and he reportedly wrote the letter in September last year. Askari was represented in a trial in July this year by an officer appointed by the Pakistan Military Court, according to The News.
Father said – it is difficult to meet the son
During the trial, Askari’s father complained that he was facing difficulties in meeting his son, who is lodged in the High Security Jail in Sahiwal. The matter was taken up by the Islamabad High Court in January. According to the report, there was no official announcement regarding the trial and sentence. Recently, a petition filed before the Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court came to the fore.
Lawyer of choice not given
In his petition, the father challenged the sentence, saying that his son was not given a lawyer of his choice during the trial. He urged the authorities to shift his son to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. No information has been received about when the High Court will next hear the petition.
Jail in Pakistan for demanding resignation of General Bajwa