ISLAMABAD – All the political parties of Pakistan with consensus have extended the duration of military courts for two years.
According to PakistanTribe correspondent, the decision of extension was taken on the condition that a committee will be formulated for the supervision of the National Action Plan (NAP).
The meeting was chaired by Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq where Ishaq Dar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Sahibzadha Tariq ullah, Sheikh Rashid, Ghulam Ahmed Bilor, Aftab Sherpao, Sheikh Salah udin and other leaders participated while no one turned out from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
The meeting that was held on Wednesday by all the country’s leaders decided to extend the mandate of military courts as well as formation of a committee for supervision of NAP.
After the meeting, Ishaq Dar said while addressing a joint press conference that all the parliamentary leaders were united on the extension of military courts in the eight parliamentary meeting but PPP leaders remained missing in the current meeting.
In order to amend the constitution for authorizing the military courts again, meetings of the national assembly has been suggested on March 3 and 4, saying they hope PPP will also agree to the decision of the parliamentary leaders regarding the military courts.
Ishaq Dar said that the political parties could not agree on the transformation of any other point, therefore they will make few changes in the decisions and will present the final draft.
He said that some leaders in the meeting raised the issue of racial profiling and stereotyping of Pakhtuns in the Punjab province, “I assure you that an action will be taken against those whoever creates such a controversy.”
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that no politics will be played on the issue of terrorism in the country, adding all the political parties have agreed that Pakistan is confronted with extraordinary situations and for this reason a supervisory committee will examine all the affairs.
MQM leader Farooq Sattar commented that earlier they had supported the military courts but unfortunately the federal and provincial governments are not serious about eliminating terrorism from the country.