Nepali Supreme Court order puts army in dilemma

Article Date: 
24 Feb 2009

KATHMANDU, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Supreme Court (SC) of Nepal on Sunday ordered Nepal Army (NA) to halt soldier recruitment, which invites a dilemma, as local media sees on Tuesday -- Who will defend the Nepal Army?

"The government attorneys are supposed to defend the government in any case filed against it. But in this case, if they defend the army it would harm the interest of the government," local newspaper The Himalayan Times reported on Tuesday.

In a preliminary ruling on the writ petition filed by human rights non-government organization INHURED International, the SC on Sunday issued an interim order to the NA to stop enlisting personnel until March 1, in the wake of deepening controversy over the NA and the ruling party, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (UCPN-M).

The plaintiff has claimed that the fresh recruitment in the NA is against the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) signed in November 2006, ending the decade civil war launched by the former Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) since 1996.

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