The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has decided to oppose extension in the military courts, , which were established after the 2014 Peshawar attack, is set to expire in March , Yousaf Raza Gilani, the former prime minister and a member of the PPP, said on Friday.
Gillani was addressing a press conference together with other PPP leaders – MNA Nafisa Shah, Farhatullah Babar and Sindh Information Adviser Murtaza Wahab – after a high level PPP meeting co-chaired by the PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House. “Military courts were for a short time period. The government then had claimed that it would soon contain the situation. We can’t afford them [now],” Gilani said. “We decided not to give nod to military courts,” he added. “We will not compromise on the 18th Amendment, for which we had conferred with all the parties and taken their input,” he said. “The smaller provinces felt a sense of deprivation, which we eliminated.”
Farhatullah Babar said: “We have serious reservations about extending tenure of the military courts. JITs [joint investigation teams] have already been militarised, so we don’t want to militarise our judicial system.”
Earlier on Major General Asif Ghafoor on Friday (Jan 18) the director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) , during an interview with a private news channel, said that Military courts are not the wish of the Pakistan Army but a need of the country adding it is up to parliament to decide if an extension should be granted to military courts.
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17 November, 2019