Parliamentary leaders reach consensus over extension of military courts for two years

Parliamentary leaders reach consensus over extension of military courts for two years

Parliamentary parties on Tuesday reached consensus over extension of the tenure of military courts for another two years.

The meeting was chaired by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and attended by several parliamentarians including Ghulam Ahmad Bilaur, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Siraj-ul-Haq, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Sheikh Rasheed and Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that they have agreed on the extension of military courts in greater national interest despite their differences with the government.

“Though military courts are need of the hour, our normal courts should also address this problem because these cases will be referred to normal courts of the expiry of military courts’ tenure,” he added.

Ishaq Dar agreed with the decision and requested all parties not to politicize the issue of military courts. He further stated that Senate and National Assembly sessions will be held on March 3 and 6, respectively, in this regard.

Military courts were established in January 2015 through 21st Amendment in 1973 Constitution of Pakistan in the backdrop of 2014 Peshawar school massacre that killed 146 children as judges of civil courts feared victimisation. The courts were established for a period of two years and ceased to function in January 2017.

Lately, the government proposed yet another constitutional amendment in pursuit of reviving the military courts for another term.

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