Military courts extension bill presented in NA


ISLAMABAD: Constitutional amendment bill for the extension of military courts was presented in the National Assembly on Friday (Today).

The government claims that all parliamentary parties have reached a consensus on the question of reviving military courts for a period of two years, but the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rejected the government’s claim, saying it had agreed to no such thing.

According to the agreement reached in a meeting of all parliamentary parties’ heads, chaired by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the 23rd constitution amendment bill would be laid before the National Assembly today.

However, in a statement issued after the meeting, the PPP said there was no agreement over the life of the military courts and the appointment of sessions and additional sessions judges. The PPP said it also rejected the government’s draft proposals for the revival of the courts.

It decided that military courts would not receive any further extensions and the government would introduce the long-awaited judicial reforms to improve the judicial system by May 2018.