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.
Muslims can mark Qibla direction today!
KARACHI: Muslims around the globe will have an opportunity to mark exact Qibla direction, at 14:18 PST today (on Monday 28th of May).
On this day, the sun will shine overhead Qibla Shareef (Khana e Kaba) enabling the ummah to ascertain their exact Qibla direction, in their respective areas of residence, met office reported.
For the purpose, fix a stick on the ground vertically and the shadow of the stick will indicate the Qibla direction above mentioned time.
Pakistan conducted nuclear tests on 28th May!
ISLAMABAD: May 28 (2018) marks Youm-e-Takbeer – the 20th anniversary of the nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan.
In 1998 as Pakistan was forced to take that decision as a response, in self-defence, to the nuclear tests and accompanying hostile posturing by its neighbour.
These developments, unfortunately, put an end to the prospect for keeping South Asia free of nuclear weapons – an objective which Pakistan had actively pursued.
Notwithstanding these facts, Pakistan has remained steadfast in its commitment to non-proliferation and global peace and strategic stability.
Since 1998, Pakistan has demonstrated utmost restraint and responsibility in the stewardship of its nuclear capability. It is committed to the principle of Credible Minimum Deterrence and has persistently sought deterrence stability in the region.
This objective has driven Pakistan to offer and conclude several Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in the nuclear and conventional domains, including the 2004 Pakistan-India Joint Statement which recognized the respective nuclear capabilities of the two countries as a factor for stability.
Pakistan has consistently signalled its willingness to consider further measures for risk reduction and avoidance of arms race in the region, it added.
At the same time, Pakistan remains confident of its ability to deny space for any misadventure against the backdrop of rapidly expanding nuclear and conventional forces in its neighbourhood, deployment of BMD and pursuit of aggressive security doctrines and developing force postures.
The nuclearization of the Indian Ocean and canesterization of ballistic missiles in our neighbourhood should be a matter of concern for the international community as well since these developments have extra-regional ramifications.
Cognizant of its responsibility as a state with nuclear capability, Pakistan has over the years developed robust command and control systems led by the National Command Authority, effective nuclear safety and security regimes and export controls which are at par with the contemporary international standards.
Pakistan has taken significant measures to ensure comprehensive nuclear security which has been acknowledged internationally.
Pakistan is also proud of its accomplishments in harnessing nuclear technology for peace, progress, and prosperity. Nuclear technology has been successfully employed for the benefit of the people in areas of medicine, health, agriculture, industry, food preservation, water management and power generation.
Being one of the most affected countries due to the impact of climate change, Pakistan plans to increase its nuclear power generation capacity to 40000 MW by 2050, as a clean and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuel.
Pakistan looks forward to expanding the scope of its international collaboration in nuclear power generation for meeting the legitimate socio-economic development needs of its people. As a country with advanced nuclear technology, Pakistan seeks to play its role as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation regime.
President PML-N and Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated the nation on the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer. In his message issued in connection with Youm-e-Takbeer, he said, May 28, 1998, held a significant position in Pakistan’s political and defence history.
Gandapur video: Minhaj varsity expels 320 pupils from hostel!
LAHORE: Some 320 female students have been expelled today from Minhaj University’s Hostel here reportedly for leaking the video featuring an infuriated Secretary General Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Khurram Nawaz Gandapur reprimanding them in a fiery mood.
Secretary-General Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Khurram Nawaz Gandapur has misbehaved with the girls and shouted at them at the Minhaj-ul-Qur’an Girls Hostel here on Friday.
It is pertinent to mention here that many girls, reacting to the 18th May scolding and shouting of Gandapur, had already left the hostel.
The contents of the footage that went viral on social media prima facie give an impression that Gandapur was misbehaving with female students using threatening tone and using words like shut up: “You have not seen my other side. Have your parents not taught you any manners? Whoever raises a voice would be thrown out of the hostel.”
Students claim that they were protesting against the administration while Gandapur stated that the girls were misbehaving with the hostel administration when they stopped them from attending the Iftar party outside the hostel.
Gandapur maintained that according to the rules, no girl was allowed to leave the hostel after 6 pm. If anyone wanted to go outside after that time, she should be accompanied by a female staff member.
Minhaj University announcing that the hostel had been closed expelled the lodgers that numbers over 320. PAT while confirming the closure of hostel stated: “After last week’s incident, it is impossible to maintain discipline. Because of this, the administration has no other option other than to close the hostel.” HEC, while terming the Gandapurian behavior as unjustified, is all set to probe into the matter.
Today parents of the expelled pupils condemned the Gandapurian behavior and held that closure of hostel was an unwise way to handle the situation. Moreover, the affected parents pointed towards the fee they had paid.