ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Saturday that continuation of the military courts was essential for ensuring continuation of the momentum of anti-terrorism campaign and the political leadership in the Parliament needed to stand united.
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He discussed matters pertaining to extension in working of military courts for speedy trial of terrorists with parliamentary leaders, including Maulana Fazal-ur-Rahman, Syed Naveed Qamar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, and Maulana Attaur Rahman.
He emphasised the need for complete consensus in this matter and said that a prompt decision was necessary to combat the fresh wave of militancy that had gripped the country during the last few days.
Dar said that it was heart-wrenching that precious lives were being lost in terrorist incidents in all the four provinces. He said that an effective and well-coordinated response on part of the federal and provincial governments was the need of the hour.
The parliamentary leaders agreed with the minister about the need to develop a well-coordinated and fitting response to the terrorist threat.
The minister also made a phone call to Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq asking him to facilitate early convening of meeting of the parliamentary committee on the subject of military courts so that a concrete decision in the matter could be taken as early as possible. – APP