RAWALPINDI, (APP): The military courts established under a constitutional ammendment for a period of two years have ceased to function on expiry of the mandated period.
According to Inter Services Pubic Relations (ISPR), the military courts were established through the constitutional amendment in the environment of heightened terrorism.
Routine judicial system was under stress wherein judicial set-ups/ judges were also subjected to acts of terrorism. Therefore, special constitutional arrangements were made to effectively check the terrorists/terrorism.
During the period of its validity, 274 cases were referred tomilitary courts. Of these 161 were awarded death penalty (12 of them executed) and 113 were awarded imprisonment of varying duration.
The cases were dealt through due process of law in military courts.
The disposal through military courts has yielded positive effects towards reduction in terrorist activities.