Military courts, Army act ammendment bills to be presented in NA on Monday


ISLAMABAD:  Bills to extend military courts and amendment to the Army Act would be presented in the National Assembly on Monday and later in Senate, said Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar.

Speaking in the Senate, the minister said judicial reforms and implementation of remaining points of National Action Plan (NAP) would also be carried out sMilght committee would be set up to monitor progress in this regard.

Ishaq Dar said those parliamentarians would be the members of the said committee who remained part of the consultation process for finalising the draft of the constitutional bills.

The minister said the country has been facing extraordinary challenge and situation. In the larger interest of the country, all political parties decided to support the bills, he said.

The leader of the Opposition in Senate Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan said that though his party has some reservations over the bills, they decided to support it in larger interests of the country.

Earlier, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani said the Senate Committee of the Whole had flagged the issue. The house had passed Witness Protection Bill, 2015 and Anti-Terrorism Bill, 2015 unanimously on January 18, he said. “Had both the bills properly worked out today we have not to face such situation”, he remarked.