Senate Unanimously Adopts 21st Amendment, Army Act Amendment

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Senate Unanimously adopts 21st Amendment, Army Act Amendment |

ISLAMABAD –  Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and the Army Act Amendment in its session in Islamabad.

The Bill was tabled in the National Assembly on Monday by Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif also attend the session after attending session of Nation Assembly.

Earlier, 21 Constitutional Amendment bill was passed by National Assembly

247 members voted in favor of the Bill while not a single member rose against it. The bill hence, secured the unanimous vote of the  two-thirds majority it required.

Lawmakers from religious parties including JUI (F) and Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI led by Imran Khan abstained from voting.
The Bill was passed with Amendments made by the Federal Minister Rana Tanveer.

The law is now expected to be passed by the upper house and signed into law by the president this week.

It will stay on the books for two years, allowing military courts to try anyone accused of terrorism offences.

The government last month decided to set up military courts to try terrorists after Taliban gunmen killed 136 children at an army-run school in north-western city of Peshawar.

The decision followed years of complaints by security agencies that the laws were not strong enough to prosecute hardened militants.

Most politicians in Pakistan agree that military courts must be used to curb Taliban attacks because civilian courts are too cowed and corrupt to jail militants.

But some have raised concerns about the dramatic expansion of military powers in the coup-prone country.

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