‘Existence of Military Courts depends on opposition’s yes’
ISLAMABAD: Country still needs Military Courts, but any extension in their term remains conditional on consensus among political parties.
Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry in an interview to British News Channel said, “Government believes need for Military Courts continue to exist and term of these Courts will be extended if government succeeds in getting political parties to agree over matter”
Government is trying to create political consensus over it. If political parties feel there is no need for another extension then there won’t be another extension, Fawad said.
Military Courts that had been set up under National Action Plan (NAP) in 2015 to try civilians on terrorism charges, ceased to function on Sunday, March 31 after their second two-year constitutional term expired.
Government is still seeking cooperation of opposition parties for another extension, as it would require two-thirds majority in any of two houses of Parliament to carry out constitutional amendment.
“We are very close to defeating terrorism completely and we believe extension in their term is important. It would be good if they are extended again, but obviously it won’t be possible if there is no national consensus like there was at time of NAP,” Chaudhry said.