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December 19, 2014

‘Disposal of terror cases to be expedited’

 
December 19, 2014

PESHAWAR: Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk said on Thursday that he will soon convene a meeting of all the administrative judges of the high courts to devise a strategy to expedite the trials in terrorism cases and appeals against conviction in the superior courts.
“We are going to expedite the cases of terrorism and decide them in accordance with the law. I am going to call a meeting of all the administrative judges of the high courts dealing with the anti-terrorism courts to devise a strategy for expeditious trial and disposal of appeals against conviction, including those of death sentences in superior courts,” the chief justice said in his address to a condolence meeting in the Peshawar High Court Bar Room.
The observations of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Supreme Court Chief Justice were made after the All Parties Conference in Peshawar in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School on Tuesday in which more than 132 students and nine staff members were brutally killed.
In his media briefing after the All Parties Conference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif showed his concern over the years’ long pendency in terrorism-related cases in the courts due to which the terrorists were not being sentenced in time.
Earlier, the Peshawar High Court Bar Association’s Muhammad Essa Khan had asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk to ensure and expedite trials in terrorism cases on day-to-day basis as per the law.
The Chief Justice offered fateha for the departed souls of students and staff of the school and called it a national tragedy. He visited the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and inquired after the injured students. He also visited the houses of lawyers for offering condolences to them on the death of their loved ones in the terrorist attack on the Army Public School and College. He condoled with lawyer Ajoon Khan whose son was killed and also with Amjad Sohail Agha who lost his wife. The attackers not only killed

her but also reportedly burnt her body in the school.