MCs would be back


IN a significant development, government and other political parties succeeded in hammering out differences over restoration of Military Courts after the former accepted some of the demands of PPP, JUI(F) and JI over language of the draft bill. The Constitution amendment bill would now be moved in the National Assembly on Monday, as announced by the Speaker, and hopefully it would be adopted in view of new consensus and also approved by the Senate next day.
It is good that at long last sanity prevailed and all political parties have realised the need to have military courts to try cases of terrorism and heinous crimes. We have been pleading in these columns that the courts were meant for trial of terrorists and therefore, no one should have any misgivings. But unfortunately, we have wasted precious time in debating unnecessary and irrelevant issues. We cannot carry on war against terror for an unspecified period, as it is fraught with serious consequences for peace, stability and economic growth of the country. This mean we should go for an all-encompassing approach to take the campaign to its logical conclusion at the earliest. Hurdles in the way of restoration of military courts were not understandable when all parties agreed to their formation last time and voted for constitutional amendment bill. One fails to understand what objectives PPP has achieved than delaying the entire process for several weeks. We welcome the proposal for establishment of a parliamentary committee for oversight but there are genuine apprehensions that this would create hurdles in the way of speedy conclusion of the process to mete out punishment to killers of humanity. There could also be attempts to save some individuals who might have some sort of political connection. Remarks of leader of the opposition in Senate Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan that the PPP has accepted military courts with heavy heart is also nothing but an attempt to be seen as more democrat than others. Aitzaz himself served in the federal cabinet and his party was in power for full five years. One may ask what contribution he himself or his party made for expeditious and inexpensive justice, which is demand of the every citizen.