ISLAMABAD–A number of political parties have reportedly voiced their support for the idea of establishing military courts in the country for the tackling of terrorism cases. The parties extended their support during a meeting of parliamentary leaders held at the Prime Minister House under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
During today’s meeting at PM House held in order to chalk out a comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy, PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced his support for the formation of special military courts to hear terrorism cases.
Speaking at the meeting, Imran said there should be a specific time frame for these courts. He also stated that PTI would support all steps being taken for counter terrorism.
Some PPP leaders at the meeting reportedly said that military courts should be set up for a specific period of time.
However, senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan said: “We are for speedy punishment of terrorists and if the draft legislation for military courts is shared with us, we can work out a way within a constitutional and legal framework.”
“We will give you our official stance after reading the relevant document on the establishing of military courts,” he said.
PML-Q also extended its support for the establishment of military courts along with Aftab Sherpao of the Qaumi Watan Party.
“I fully support this move, the US also has done the same in the past,” Senator Mushahid Hussain told the meeting at PM House.
Balochistan National Party’s Hasil Bizenjo also supported the idea of establishment of military courts and said: “We have to fight the mind set, and stopping now will lead to perpetual failure. If we lose, the next rulers will be the Taliban.”
Ijazul Haq, who heads the Pakistan Muslim League – Zia (PML-Z) said military courts were the solution to terrorism.
Moreover, the ANP has however sought time on the matter.
“We need a few days to consult on these military courts. We want to see the legislation first,” ANP’s Ghulam Bilour said, adding that irrespective of his party’s view on the establishment of military courts, the state must pull together all its resources “to fight the terrorists”.
Meanwhile, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam – Fazl (JUI-F) have raised objection to the idea of military courts.
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