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.
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.
Absar Alam relinquishes charge as Pemra Chief after LHC decision!
ISLAMABAD: Following LHC decision today Absar Alam has relinquished charge as chairman PEMRA.
According to details, announcing the judgment over a petition filed by a citizen challenging appointment of Absar Alam as Pemra chairman LHC held that his appointment as was illegal.
Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that earlier LHC had dismissed Pemra counsel’s request apropos time to present records apropos legality of Absar Alam’s appointment.
Court has ordered that new PEMRA chairman be appointed within thirty days.
It is pertinent to mention here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed Absar Alam back in 2015 as Pemra chairman.
COAS to brief Senate over security situation!
ISLAMABAD: COAS will be briefing *Senate’s Committee of the Whole apropos the emerging national security paradigm for Pakistan with respect to recent (foreign) visits/developments on Tuesday (19th of December) at 10am.
It is pertinent to mention here that the scheduled in-camera meeting that would be the first in the country’s parliamentary history was scheduled after senators expressed concern over the ToRs of the IMCTC and demanded that lawmakers should be apprised about details of the alliance.
According to details Director General Military Operations will also brief the committee.
* The entire Senate will be acting as a committee.
IS claims responsibility of suicide bomb attack/firing on Quetta church that killed ten, injured 57
M. M. ALAM
QUETTA: A tragedy of colossal nature was evaded today when police effectively stopped four suicide bombers outside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church harboring a congregation of some 400 here on Zarghoon Road.
According to details four suicide bombers attempted to enter the church but vigilant policemen prevented them from going inside as a result an encounter took place. One of the bombers was shot dead while another blew himself up.
Ten people (including three women) were killed and 57 injured (ten critically) as a result of firing and explosions. Police has declared the Church clear after neutralizing the bombers.
Two terrorists were reportedly seen bolting the scene of crime with police in hot pursuit. IS has claimed responsibility of the attack holding two plungers from the group had attacked the church.