Parliamentary parties agree to revive military courts

Parliamentary parties agree to revive military courts

Military Courts News Update

ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary parties on Thursday evolved a consensus on reviving military
courts for a period of another two years.

A bill will be tabled in the National Assembly next week for this purpose.

Speaking at a press conference together with heads of parliamentary parties, Speaker of the
National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq said that extension in term of military courts is a national issue
and that all parties have agreed on establishment of special courts for a period of two years.

“The bill will be presented in the National Assembly on Monday, where the heads of
parliamentary parties will debate on it. After approval from the National Assembly, it will
be presented in the Senate,” Sadiq said.

“All political parties rose above individual interests to make a decision in national interest,” he said.

Pakistan People’s Party leader Aitzaz Ahsan said they had reservations on two-year extension, for the government failed to do anything in the last two years.

“Now that the government has accepted our four basic demands, so we have also agreed on two-year term for military courts,” he explained. “We will get some clauses invoked, but there has been a consensus on the issue.”

PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi termed the development a victory for democracy.

The military courts set up in the aftermath of the Army Public School Attack in 2014, expired after their two-year-period in January this year. All cases being tried in the military courts were transferred to the anti-terrorism courts.

However, a wave of terrorism which hit the country last month leaving over a hundred people dead resumed the debate on setting up military courts for speedy trial and conviction of terrorists.

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