ISLAMABAD(APS) Feb 28,2017- All parliamentary parties excluding Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have consented to extend tenure of military courts for another two years.
Speaker national assembly (NA) Ayaz Sadiq chaired sitting of parliamentary leaders in this regard today (Tuesday).
Ishaq Dar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Sheikh Rashid, Siraj-ul-Haq, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and other parliamentary leaders attended the session. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) did not participate in the sitting.
Briefing media personnel after the meeting, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar urged parties not to politicize the issue of military courts. He said all the political parties had agreed on extension of military courts following new wave of terrorism.
“Constitutional amendment is required for extension of military courts. Senate session on March 3 and NA session on March 6 will be held in this regard”, stated Dar.
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.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi said current situation is threatening Pakistan’s integrity and sovereignty. Qureshi said police tackle menace of terrorism across globe while we call army to eradicate this problem.
“Though military courts are need of hour but our normal courts should address this problem. After tenure of military courts will expire, these cases will be referred to normal courts”, stated Qureshi.
Qureshi said a parliamentary and sub-committee will oversee matters of military courts and NAP implementation.
JI representative urged not to link terrorism with any religion or sect.
MQM-P’s Farooq Sattar said his party would inform prime minister about concerns and would ask him to address them efficaciously.
Sattar said federal government did nothing in past two years to improve country’s judiciary system.
“We hope that no further expansion in tenure of military courts is required after this revival,” said Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao.
Military trials of terrorism suspects were legalised in January 2015 after attack on Army Public School (APS) with lawmakers and the military arguing that civilian courts were unable to process cases swiftly because many judges feared becoming victims of revenge attacks.