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ISPR says disposal through military courts has yielded positive effects towards reduction of terrorism: Mandated period expired

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ISLAMABAD (JAN 8, 2017): When seven perpetrators attacked APS on December 16,  2014, killing 141 students and their teachers, an amendment was made in the Constitution facilitating formation of Military Courts. And after the expiry of  mandated period those stopped functioning.

Commenting on the Military Courts ISPR held that those had yielded positive effects towards diminution of terrorism.  

ISPR has maintained that routine judicial system was not capable of handling terrorism cases, particularly when the judges themselves were under threat.

It is pertinent to mention here that Military Courts were legalized for two years. During that period 181 were awarded death penalty. Twelve were hanged while 131 were incarcerated.

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Govt has no plan to extend term of military courts, says Nisar

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ISLAMABAD (JAN 07, 2017): Government has no plans to extend the term of military courts, said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, just hours before it expired.

“Terrorism cases will be referred to anti-terrorism courts. We have no plan to give military courts any extension,” Nisar said.

However, no official statement in this respect was released by the ministry.

Military courts were set up on January 7, 2015 – almost three weeks after barbaric attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar – to try hardcore terrorists for an initial two-year term.

According to a report, the courts sentenced 161 militants to death and handed another 116 jail terms during their two-year tenure. Twelve convicts were subsequently executed. A total of 275 cases were referred to the courts.

“Well-known cases in which sentences were handed down included the APS massacre, Safoora bus attack, killing of Sabeen Mehmood, attack on journalist Raza Rumi, Bannu jailbreak, Rawalpindi Parade Lane mosque bombing, killing of foreign tourists at Nanga Parbat base camp, attack on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Mastung, shooting down of an army helicopter in Orakzai Agency, attack on a PIA aircraft in Peshawar, Marriott Hotel bombing, Karachi airport attack, sectarian murders and attacks on law enforcement agencies’ personnel and offices, polio vaccination teams and educational institutions,” said the report.

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Nawaz Sharif condemns disappearance  of PML-N’s social media supporters

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LAHORE: Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a tweet here yesterday (20th of October) condemned the disappearance of PML-N’s social media supporters.

He demanded that the interior ministry should ensure recovery of the missing activists.

“Respect for the freedom of speech, including on social media, is the constitutional responsibility of the government and quelling political views of opponents is condemnable”, Sharif held.

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Justice (R) Javed Iqbal reacts to Shahbaz Shareef’s NAB-Bashing comments!

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (R) Javed Iqbal has responded aggressively to PM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif’s comments concerning corruption in the Bureau, here on Friday (20th of October).

Stating that NAB has played an effective role in the abolition of corruption from the country, the Chairman remarked: “Zero tolerance policy will be implemented against corrupt officers and officials. No officer, including me, is above the law”.

Talking about the organization, he said that promotions would be on the basis of seniority, merit, and performance: “No one will be treated unjustly”.

Harboring on the subject he claimed that NAB was on a mission to eradicate corruption from the country.

It is pertinent to mention here that Shahbaz Shareef has termed NAB as the most corrupt institute of state.

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Taliban say kidnapped Canadian-American family was held in Paktia and not in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: One of the Taliban spokesmen Zabiullah Mujahid has negated the CIA Chief Mike Pompeo’s claim that recently rescued Canadian-American family was held in Pakistan for five years.

According to Zabiullah Mujahid the family that was in Paktia for five years was taken to Kunar province when they were rescued.

On the contrary Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman while talking to Afghan TOLONews has insinuated that most of those kidnapped in Afghanistan were held in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to remind here that Pakistani forces, while acting on the actionable information shared by US intelligence agencies, have intercepted Taliban when the kidnapped family was being moved across to Pakistan via the border of Kurram Agency.

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