ISLAMABAD–Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has called a session of the lower house of the Parliament on Saturday, despite it being a holiday, to amend the Constitution in accordance with the National Action Plan (NAP) to counter-terrorism, sources said on Friday.
As political leadership of the country expressed reservations over formation of military courts to expedite the terrorism related cases, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif during today’s Multi Party Conference (MPC) said that special courts were not desired by the Pakistan Army but they were needed due to extraordinary times.
Chairing the ongoing MPC at the PM House, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had earlier said there had been adequate debate on the NAP for 15 days.
“There is no room for further debate in the Parliament,” he said, adding that they would have to give final shape to the NAP today and then table the bill in the National Assembly.
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Meanwhile, a consensus has been reached over the issue of forming military courts during the multi-party conference. Reportedly, a draft of the amendment bill is being prepared at the MPC, which is expected to be tabled in the lower house of the Parliament on Saturday.
Earlier today, opposition and treasury benches demanded of the government and the military leadership to review their policies to counter terrorism during the National Assembly’s sesson.
Commenting on the debate over deadly Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, the lawmakers said that there was an urgent need to focus on terrorism while the government should take steps to review the existing laws in this regard.
PML-N MNA Umer Ayub Khan said that the government should take steps to bring reforms in the curriculum to change the narratives regarding the terrorism.