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January 12, 2015

Politicians want military courts to start functioning at the earliest


January 12, 2015

The senior politicians of Sindh want military courts to be operational immediately so that wave of terrorism was tackled upfront.
Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani has that in order to provide security to the citizens, military courts should be set up immediately.
Talking to The News on Sunday, he said the National Assembly has taken the extraordinary step of passing the 21st Amendment as there was extraordinary situation in the country.
The speaker said military courts were out of question in democracy but under the prevailing circumstances they have been accepted for providing instant sense of security to the masses. “The hanging to terrorists would give send a clear message to the extremist forces that we are determined to fight against them.”
Durrani said the military courts would be operational soon and he was confident that in their life span of two years these courts would be effective in eradicating terrorism.
The PA speaker deplored that the Jamiatul Ulema-e-Islam (Fazal), Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami backed out of their earlier stance of backing the army courts.
When asked about the no-confidence move against Sindh chief minister hinted by Leader of the Opposition in Sindh PA Shaharyar Mehar, he said the move had fizzled out as under clause 63 (a) of the constitution any MPA violating the party policy loses his seat. Adding on the issue, Durrani said even Musharraf had denied of any contact with him by 27 Sindh MPAs and also Makhdoom Amin Fahim had said that no such move existed.
Answering to another question, he said there were no differences within the Pakistan People’s Party ranks and all such matters have been resolved amicably.
When asked as to when the next Sindh assembly session will be convened as per law at least one session per month is obligatory, he said if the government brought out any necessary business then the session would be held.
To a question that questions raised in the house

were not being addressed, Durrani said the MPAs have the right to point out any wrongdoings in the government departments but speaker has nothing to do with the answers.
Meanwhile, ex-Sindh chief minister Syed Ghaus Ali Shah has said that the military courts was the need of the hour and hoped that these courts would take the country to safer pastures.
When Shah was asked by The News that some hangings of terrorists have been deferred, he said law will take its own course and courts will have to decide in this regard.
The ex-CM said these death warrants were issued by the regular courts and the accused have the right to appeal against the judgment.
When asked to comment about Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s stance on military courts, he didn’t comment on that, saying it was Maulana’s point of view.

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