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The government rejected the death penalty in cases under the Army Act.

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday assured the Supreme Court that convictions over May 9 violence would not entail capital punishment, but sought time to ponder granting a substantive right of appeal against military court decisions.

“This requires careful consideration in view of serious implications for having a direct bearing on cases like that of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav or individuals held under the charges of espionage [and] declared enemy of the state,” Attorney General for Pakistan Mansoor Usman Awan told the bench hearing challenges to the trial of civilians by military courts