Senate okays revival of mily courts

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Passes 28th Amend Bill 2017

Zahid Chaudhrey

Islamabad

The Senate on Tuesday passed “The Constitutional Twenty-eighth Amendment Bill, 2017” to revive Military Courts for another two years with two-third majority.
78 members supported the bill while three opposed it. The government required at least 78 votes out of 104 members of Senate to pass the bill with two third majority. The bill was earlier passed by the National Assembly. The bill was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.
Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that extension in Military Courts is need of the hour to eradicate terrorism from the country.
He added we should not be apologetic on extending the term of military courts for another two years as it is a right decision. He said in the new draft, word ‘use’ of religion and sect has been replaced with ‘misuse’ of religion and sect. Terrorists have no religion, sect, ethnicity or country and they always pursue an agenda of destruction, said Dar.
He added although Article 10 of the Constitution covers three of nine recommendations of PPP, but even then they have been incorporated in the bill. He said Pakistan has serious energy and security challenges which can be handled with unity. He thanked all the political parties for supporting the bill during the consultation process.
Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said that not a single point of National Action Plan, except establishment of military courts, has been implemented by the government and that is why we are now again passing this amendment. The minister for parliamentary affairs, introduced ‘illegal dispossession amendment (bill) which was referred to the standing committee concerned.

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