Pakistan National Assembly clears plan to set up military courts to try terrorists
The National Assembly of Pakistan, Tuesday, voted in favour of amending the law aimed at setting of special military courts to try civilian terror suspects.
Islamabad: The National Assembly of Pakistan, Tuesday, voted in favour of amending the law aimed at setting of special military courts to try civilian terror suspects.
The 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 was adopted after 242 Members of National Assembly (NA), who were present in the assembly, voted unanimously in its favour. NA members belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-F abstained from voting.
The bills were presented to the National Assembly after political parties and Army arrived at an agreement on the mode of setting up the courts.
Before the bills are ratified as law, it will have to be approved by the Senate as well.
Earlier, the bills were put to debate in the National Assembly. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was present during the proceedings.
The amendment will provide constitutional cover to the establishment of military courts in the country.
The law aims to give a tough message to militants who often wriggled out of ordinary courts.
It is being enacted as part of several measures to eliminate militancy. Pakistan has already lifted moratorium on death penalty and hanged seven convicted militants.
Pakistan is struggling to come up with an adequate response to deal with militancy after the brutal Peshawar school massacre last month by the Taliban that killed 150 people including 134 children.