Upper House to vote on military courts’ extension today

Islamabad: The upper house of the Parliament is due to vote on the 28th Amendment Bill 2017 on Tuesday, today, to extend the power of military courts for another two years.

The bill regarding the 28th amendment was presented by Law Minister Zahid Hamid  who told media sources that it would have been passed almost a weak earlier if all members of the Senate had shown some seriousness.

Earlier, the Senate has passed the Pakistan Army amendment bill but postponed the voting on the 28th constitutional amendment bill which was aimed to revive the military courts.

Due to the absence and non-serious attitude of some members, voting was delayed as two-third majority, 69 votes, was required; however only 67 members were present in the house.

The military courts revival bill has already been passed by the National Assembly with the introduction of four new clauses.

Clauses included in the amendment bill are exercise of law of evidence; accused will also have right to hire lawyer of his/her own choice. As per the bill, suspects will be presented before the military courts within 24 hours of their arrest and would be informed about charges against them.

The bill demands extension in tenure of military courts to uproot the menace of terrorism and militancy.