A Pakistani military court sentenced the son of a retired Pakistani army major general to five years in prison for calling for the resignation of army chief general Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The convict allegedly wrote a letter criticizing the extension given to the army chief of staff, General Bajwa, and asked for his resignation, International news reported citing BBC Urdu Service.
The report stated that Hassan Askari, son of Major General (R) Zafar Mehdi Askari, had been convicted of treason for criticizing the extension of the leader of the Pakistan army in a letter addressed to him.
According to The News, Hassan was defended by an officer appointed by the Pakistani military court in a trial in July this year. The father complained that he was having difficulty meeting his son at Sahiwal High Security Prison.
Earlier in January, the case was heard by the High Court in Islamabad, which ordered the treason trial held behind closed doors.
During the trial, the question was asked whether a civilian can be tried by the military court. The matter was then sent back by the court to be decided by the military authorities.
Recently, Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders were involved in the row over the appointment of the country’s director general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).