Military courts to return!
M. M. ALAM
ISLAMABAD (9 Jan., 2017): Civil and military top brass have approved re-establishment of military courts, in a security meeting held here in the Prime Minister House with PM in the chair.
Political parties will be contacted to get a constitutional amendment passed in order to reinstate the said courts.
It is pertinent to mention here that in order to make the proposed change, votes of two-thirds majority in the Parliament is required.
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ISPR says disposal through military courts has yielded positive effects towards reduction of terrorism: Mandated period expired
M. M. ALAM
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
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.