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March 17, 2017

Zardari can’t drag his feet on military courts issue for long

View from the Gallery As a consensus bill on military courts extension looms large, ruling...

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Political parties agree on extension in military courts for two years

Political parties agree on extension in military courts for two years

ISLAMABAD: The political parties in both houses of the Parliament Thursday in principle agreed on extending the tenure of military courts for two years.

The speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq chaired the meeting of parliamentary leaders of political parties in the Senate and National Assembly and federal ministers.

After approval from the National Assembly on Monday, the bill on military courts would be presented in the Senate.

Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq later told the reporters that an agreement had been reached on four of the nine proposals of Pakistan Peoples Party.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said he was thankful to the parliamentary leaders for reaching consensus on the bill.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, said the PPP's four proposals including establishment of National Security Committee were approved.

He said the government and opposition showed flexibility for extending the term of military courts.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said everybody showed flexibility on the issue and hoped it would not be used for political victimization.

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