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


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.


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

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

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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PPP, not PTI will be victorious in the 2018 elections: Bilawal


MANSEHRA: Chairman Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has claimed that his party will be victorious in the 2018 elections.

Addressing a political gathering here today, Bilawal said that no other political party will be successful in getting peoples vote.

“PML-N and PTI lost their worth in the eyes of the people of Pakistan. They are not gonna get any vote in the next elections,” he said.

The PPP chief also claimed that Imran Khan will be contesting the last election of his life as it will end his political career.

“Khan Sahab, 2018 will be my first and your last election,” he said.

The PPP chairman strongly criticised Nawaz Sharif’s recent rally on the GT Road.

“You can be a conspirator, you can be mischievous but you cannot be a revolutionary.”

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All institutions on same page for prosperity of the country: PM Abbasi

QUETTA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said all the institutions were on the same page regarding development and prosperity of the country.

Chairing a meeting in Quetta, the prime minister tried to dispel the impression regarding the confrontation among state institutions saying that the elected government is the actual establishment.

Regarding the NAB references filed against the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Abbasi said it was the right of institutions to file a reference.

“Let them file the references, we will respond to them,” the premier said.

Earlier, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and other senior officials attended the meeting presided by the prime minister.

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Nisar to reveal the reason behind his absence in Nawaz’s homecoming rally tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will hold a press conference where he will disclose the reason for his absence in the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s homecoming rally.

However, it is not still clear what else will be included in Nisar’s press conference. A day earlier, Nisar responded to senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz politician Pervaiz Rashid’s criticism against him and the interior ministry, saying he did not know why “some people have put the burden of all their mistakes and blunders on the ministry of interior and the establishment”.

The former interior minister, through his spokesperson, also advised the former information minister to ask “his government” to make public the news leak report — which led to Rashid’s ouster from office as information minister to prove his innocence.

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