ISLAMABAD: The leaders of parliamentary parties except Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have agreed to extend the military court for two years.
The consensus was reached at a meeting of parliamentary parties’ leaders meeting held here with Speaker National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq in the chair. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stayed away from the meeting.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar expressed the hope that PPP will agree on extension of military courts on March 4. The session of National Assembly and Senate will be convened to amend the constitution to give constitutional cover to the courts.
During the meeting, the amended draft of the constitutional amend was presented. After deliberations over the draft, the parliamentary parties leaders developed consensus on extending the military court for two years.
Talking to media after the meeting, Dar said that for extension in military courts constitutional amendment was required. He added that there was a proposal of convene National Assembly session on March 6.
The minister said that PPP did not attend today’s meeting, adding that hopefully it will also agree on March 4, 2017.
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Quraishi said that the PTI agreed to the proposal to extend military courts for two years in the national interests. He added that there was unanimity in the meeting that the military courts were not a desirable option.
He added that the Amendment will be passed with retrospective effect from January 7, 2017.
Chief of Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that the reservations of the parties would end gradually if the Bill was presented in the Parliament.
Aftab Ahmed Sherpao of QWP said that they hoped this would be last extension in military courts.
ANP leader Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said that they considered the courts against fundamental rights. However, he added, we supported the court under compulsion of the prevailing situation.
MQM Pakistan chief Farooq Sattar said that MQM stood by the Army whether it was operation Raddul Fasaad or Zarb-e-Azb. He said that two years ago, the MQM supported the courts despite having reservations.
He deplored that the federal and provincial governments were not serious in elimination of terrorism.
The meeting of parliamentary leaders was attended by Shah Mehmood Quraishi, Shireen Mazari, Mushahidullah Khan, Azam Khan Swati, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Sheikh Salahuddin, Shahji Gul Afridi, Sheikh Aftab, Ishaq Dar, Sirajul Haq, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Farooq Sattar and Senator Talha Mehmood while PPP’s Naveed Qamar did not attend the meeting.