ISLAMABAD–Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said the military courts will only conduct proceedings of terrorism-related cases.
He said the army courts would make available to the terrorists an avenue for presenting their explanation/ clarification.
Nisar said there are 60 proscribed outfits functioning under different-from-their-original names, warning if they continued their activities their cases would be referred to the military courts and their accounts frozen.
He said fundings of the terrorist groups were flowing in from all over the world.
He said steps are already afoot to gag the mouthpieces of terrorists on social media.
The Interior Minister, however, said not anyone whose case is taken up by the military courts would end up being punished and that the existing judicial system would continue to function as it is.
“Military courts should not be seen as a forum for dispensation of justice. These courts will not be used against a politician, Madrassa, trader, media person or a common citizen,” he said.
He said there is a complete consensus among political parties following the Peshawar tragedy.
Nisar asked the citizens to call 1717 to report any suspicious and/ or terror-related activity, assuring the name of the informer will not be disclosed.
He said loudspeakers will be used for Azaan and Sermons only and not for any other purpose and action will be taken against those who use loud speakers for fanning sectarianism.
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that a suggestion to impose ‘unscheduled national security emergency’ for two years has been floated.
In a press conference held on Saturday evening, the interior minister said the government needs two years to achieve its goals.
He stressed that military courts will be used for dealing with terrorists and no ordinary citizen or politician will be victimised.
“Going to a military court does not mean that a man will be hanged. The accused will be allowed to plead their cases accordingly,” he said.
“In a place where a war is going on, such steps are taken. The military courts function under a set of rules and regulations too. If someone is innocent, he will get justice in military courts too,” he said, adding that in US, military tribunals were formed after approval from the Supreme Court.
Talking about the decision regarding military courts, he said it will be detailed while Pakistan’s judicial decision will continue to work as usual. He added that work on the National Action Plan was being done.
“Each province will have an apex committee under the chief minister. The committees will also include members of police and Rangers. The provinces will have to play a central role in conducting the national plan,” he explained.
Warding off the criticism on intelligence agencies, he said, “The talks about the failure of intelligence agencies are wrong. Intelligence about Wagah and Peshawar attacks was provided in advance.”
He further added that armed forces were provided to the provinces whenever a request was placed.
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