Military Courts seize to exist in Pakistan

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Military Courts seize to exist in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Military courts, which were set up under the National Action Plan (NAP) in 2015 to try civilians on terrorism charges, ceased to function on Sunday following the expiry of their second two-year constitutional term.

The government has already made the decision to give another extension of two years to the military courts. However, it lacks the support of opposition parties over the issue as it does not have the required two-thirds majority in any of the two houses of the Parliament to carry out the constitutional amendment for the purpose.

In its effort to generate consensus on the issue, the government had planned a meeting of parliamentary heads of opposition parties on March 28. However, due to the prevailing tense political situation, the opposition parties boycotted the meeting which led to its cancellation.

While there is no official data available about the cases tried by the military courts, the National Assembly was informed in November last year that the military authorities had to decide 185 terrorism-related cases before expiry of their two-year term in March.