Parliamentary leaders agree to revive military courts

Parliamentary leaders agree to revive military courts

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary leaders have finally developed their consensus and agreed on revival of military courts for two years.

The understanding came during their meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, which was attended by leaders of different political parties.

Later, talking to newsmen, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said the process would require amendments in the Constitution and the relevant law and therefore, sessions of both the National Assembly and the Senate are being convened.

The Senate would meet on Friday and the National Assembly Monday next.

He said the decision has been taken with consensus. He hoped that the PPP, which has convened a meeting of political parties on Saturday, would also take a decision as per requirements of the country.

The minister thanked all political parties for extending their cooperation on the issue of revival of military courts.

PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said all political parties including PPP are convinced that the country is passing through extraordinary circumstances and military courts are need of the hour.

He said there was no disagreement on revival of military courts in view of the given situation but parties only wanted a mechanism to ensure that there is no need for further extension in future.

Qureshi said a decision has been taken to constitute a Parliamentary Oversight Committee which would see to it that the Government sticks to the timelines envisaged in the amendment. The Committee would meet once every two months.

Sahibzada Tariqullah of Jamat-e-Islami said terrorists are terrorists and terrorism should not be linked with the religion. He said terrorists should be dealt with iron hand.

Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of ANP and Aftab Khan Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party said all parties are resolved to address the issue of terrorism.

Awami Muslim League chief Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed also supported the revival of military courts in the country.

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