ISLAMABAD: PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif on Monday gave positive remarks on military courts’ favour and signalled that his party could consider supporting an extension if approached by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led government.
Earlier this month, the law ministry informed a National Assembly standing committee that the summary for the second extension in military courts has been forwarded to the federal cabinet for approval.
In December, PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari had unequivocally said that his party would not support another extension to the military courts, whose current two-year term is set to expire in March.
“If the current government contacts us over the extension of military courts, we will think about it,” Sharif told media representatives at the Parliament House today.
The PML-N leader mentioned that the military courts were formed during his sibling Nawaz Sharif’s premiership, adding that “terrorism was eradicated due to the establishment of the military courts, Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad”.
The leader of the opposition in the National Assembly credited the fear created from the military courts as a major factor in the war against terrorism.
In March 2017, military courts were revived for the next two years after then-president Mamnoon Hussain had ratified an NA bill on the matter.
The extension, however, had come after more than two months of deliberations and a tug of war between government and opposition parties over the technicalities of military courts’ functioning.
Commenting over the apex court judgement, in which court upheld the IHC decision of suspension of Nawaz Sharif sentence given by the accountability court, said that he was thankful of the apex court that will pave the way to restore the rule of law.
“I hope Islamabad High Court will hear the appeal in the Al-Azizia reference and justice will be done,” he said.