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Judge Advocate General Branch (Pakistan)

The Judge Advocate General Branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces is composed of Pakistan's Military senior officers, lawyers and judges who provide legal services to the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines at all levels of command. JAG branch comes directly under the Adjudant-General Branch of the army.[1] The Judge Advocate General's Legal Service includes judge advocates, warrant officers, paralegal noncommissioned officers and junior enlisted personnel, and civilian employees.[2] In Pakistan, the Judge Advocate General can have the rank of Lieutenant-General, Major or Brigadier-General. The JAG is currently led by the combined Pakistan Armed Forces's senior-rank officers that includes the Vice Admirals of the Navy, Air Marshals of the Air Force, and the Lieutenant-Generals of the Army whose names are kept highly classified.

The JAG officers provide legal help to the military in all aspects, in particular advising the presiding officers of courts-martial on military law. According to the military justice law of Pakistan Armed Forces, the JAG's ruled decision cannot be challenged in civilian courts nor the civilian court can interfere in JAG' court hearing.[3] [4] Recently, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Major General, a two-star general officer of Pakistan Army.[5] In 2010, after the successful outcomes of Operation Janbaz, and the captured terrorists are currently prosecuted in a military court, headed by one star rank Brigadier.[6]

List of court-martialed officers of the Pakistan Armed Forces

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Notes

  1. ^ Cheema, Umar (June 8, 2010). "Lal Masjid commandos seek Supreme Court’s intervention:Denied copies of court martial proceedings; ISPR declines comments".  
  2. ^ Shah, Waseem Ahmad (February 4, 2009). "Peshawar: PHC puts Judge Advocate General Branch (JAG) on notice in spying case".  
  3. ^ "Axed Pakistan Army commando opposed to ‘Lal Masjid’ operation still denied justice". 
  4. ^ "Civilian Courts cannot interfere in Military Courts decisions:Supreme Court of Pakistan" (in Urdu). Jang Group. July 17, 2010. pp. 3–4. 
  5. ^ http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/08-Oct-2010/COAS-orders-to-check-veracity-of-officials-video-footage
  6. ^ "GHQ Attack: The case of 7 culprits is being heard in a military court of Pakistan Defence Forces". Jang News Group (in Text in Urdu only) (Islamabad: Group Media of Jang news). 2011. pp. 3/4. 
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