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Govt has no objection on military courts, says Dar

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday said the revival of military courts was imperative to flush out terrorists from the country, reported Radio Pakistan.

In an interview to a private news channel, Dar said the government had no objection pertaining to the establishment of military courts.

A day earlier the government failed to woo major opposition parties over the revival of military courts. After persistent deadlock, the matter was deferred to a new sub-committee to deliberate upon the constitutional amendments required to revive the military courts. The sub-committee’s meeting, however, failed to resolve the objections raised by some party representatives.

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said that the government had agreed to revise its demand for a three-year period down to two. “If all parties agree, military courts can be revived for a period of two years (instead of three),” he added. The government also added some new clauses on the objection of some political parties mainly JUI-F.

Military courts were established and granted permission to try civilians charged with terrorism in Jan 2015 after a wave of terrorism including a brutal attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014, through a constitutional amendment.

The courts have been non-functional since early this year, after the expiry of two-year tenure. Under the ongoing operation against the terrorists, the government again wants to extend the tenure of army courts to try any civilian under the charges of terrorism.

Source: The Nation

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