Parliamentary leaders agree on revival of military courts
ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary leaders have agreed on revival of military courts for two years instead of three years.
The understanding came during the meeting of Parliamentary leaders held here on Tuesday under National Assembly (NA) speaker Ayyaz Sadiq in parliament house. The meeting was attended by leaders of different political parties.
Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said all the parties except PPP have agreed on extension of military courts for 2 years instead of 3 years because no politics can be played on wave of terrorism in the country.
He held that process would require amendments in the Constitution and the relevant law and therefore, sessions of both the National Assembly and the Senate are being convened.
The Senate would meet on Friday and the National Assembly Mondaynext. Draft bill be presented therein and reservations of all the political parties will be removed. If some good proposal comes, government will consider it because murder of one man is murder of the whole humanity. Terrorism has no relevance with Islam neither the Muslims can be terrorists.
“Terrorism is used only to create chaos”, he said the decision has been taken with consensus. He hoped that the PPP, which has convened a meeting of political parties on Saturday, would also take a decision as per requirements of the country.
The minister thanked all political parties for extending their cooperation on the issue of revival of military courts.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said all political parties including PPP are convinced that the country is passing through extraordinary circumstances and military courts are need of the hour.
He said there was no disagreement on revival of military courts in view of the given situation but parties only wanted a mechanism to ensure that there is no need for further extension in future.
Qureshi said a decision has been taken to constitute a Parliamentary Oversight Committee which would see to it that the Government sticks to the timelines envisaged in the amendment. The Committee would meet once every two months.
Sahibzada Tariqullah of Jamaat-e-Islami said that terrorists are terrorists and terrorism should not be linked with the religion. He said terrorists should be dealt with iron hand.
Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour of ANP and Aftab Khan Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party said all parties are resolved to address the issue of terrorism. Sherpao stressed the need for joint efforts to eradicate terrorism.
Leader of MQM-Pakistan Dr Farooq Sattar said that the government should take all political parties into confidence on launching of the operation. He said his party can not announce full support to the military courts until the prime minister does not assures on the issue of national importance.