Draft amendments for trying terrorists presented to Nawaz Sharif

A draft of amendments for trying enemy combatants and hardcore terrorists involved in execution, abetting, and financing mass murders was presented to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday.

IANS| Last Updated: Dec 27, 2014, 16:28 PM IST

Islamabad: A draft of amendments for trying enemy combatants and hardcore terrorists involved in execution, abetting, and financing mass murders was presented to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday.

The draft was presented by a legal team and Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, special assistant to the prime minister Khawaja Zaheer and Federal Law Secretary Barrister Zafarullah, Dawn reported.

Sharif directed the legal team to share the draft with other political parties for their input about it. "We will legally protect our soldiers in their fight against terrorists," he said during the meet. 

The latest round of meetings were set in motion following attack on Peshawar school, which claimed over 140 lives of students and teachers. The incident plunged Pakistan into deep mourning and shook the country's political and military leadership into working on a multi-pronged strategy to counter and thwart terror network existing and operating in the country.

Earlier, Sharif directed that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), an independent body answerable directly to the prime minister, to be made functional with immediate effect.

Sharif is chairing a meeting of the committee to oversee the implementation of the National Action Plan, which was worked out two days ago with the consensus of all political parties represented in parliament to tackle terrorism and militancy.

Following the premier's directive, an administrative meeting of the Nacta has been summoned for Wednesday. It will be chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and will review anti-terrorism measures adopted by the government.