Parliamentary leaders meet
The government and Pakistan Peoples Party held important talks on the revival of military courts here on Tuesday and according to sources the two sides are likely to reach a consensus on the matter in the next couple of days.
The Government side was represented by the Speaker national Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and special Assistant to prime minister Barrister Zafar Uallh while the opposition leader in Senate Aitaz Ahsan, Naveed Qamar and Farooq Naik rep-resented the PPP.
The nine proposals furnished by PPP Co Chairman Asif Ali Zardari including that military courts should be revived for one year were dis-cussed in length at the meeting. Addressing a news conference in the capital on Monday, Asif Ali Zard-ari had put forward the recommendations from his party side for the revival of military courts saying that his party is not opposed to the extension of military courts.
Official sources said that the statement of Asif Ali Zardari is significant and positive one and ex-pressed the confidence that the parties will finally reach a consensus on the matter. They said that dia-logue is the right course to work out the differences and agree to a unanimous framework.
The speaker also stated that the decision about the revival of military courts for one or two years will be taken with consensus.
The government has proposed the revival of military courts for two years and during Tuesday’s meeting the government side and the PPP discussed amongst other matters the tenure of the military courts.
As more talks are expected between the two parties, therefore, the meeting of parliamentary leaders on the matter has now been rescheduled for Thursday.
The military courts set up in the aftermath of the Army Public School Attack in 2014, expired after their two-year-period in January this year. All cases being tried in the military courts were handed over to the anti-terrorism courts.
However, a recent wave of terrorism in Pakistan which includes suicide attacks in Lahore and Sehwan, resumed the debate on setting up military courts for speedy trial and conviction of terrorists.