Amendment Bill aimed to extend military courts tenure introduces

Islamabad: Government on Friday introduced the draft of Army Act Amendment Bill-2017, in National Assembly, which aims to extend the tenure of military courts in the country.

Federal Minister for Law and Justice Zaid Hamid presented the amendment bill in lower house of parliament.

“Threats of terrorism still persist and extra ordinary condition in the country demands immediate steps to eradicate terrorism,” states the bill.

The bill recommended two years extension in tenure of military courts aimed to hear terrorism cases immediately.

If the bill get consensus, then military courts will be considered re-active with effect from January 7, 2017. It also states that all cases will be shifted to Anti Terrorism Courts after military court’s time period ends.

Earlier, the 21st amendment was made applicable on January 7, 2015 which lasted till January 6, 2017.

The suspects accused of attacking government and security personnel, military installations, civil servants, judicial officials and civilians will be tried in military courts.