Military courts stop functioning 'on expiry of mandated period'

Disposal through the courts yielded positive effects towards reduction in terrorist activities, says ISPR


News Desk January 08, 2017
Disposal through the courts yielded positive effects towards reduction in terrorist activities, says ISPR. CREATIVE: AAMIR KHAN

The military courts have ceased to function on expiry of mandated period, the military's media wing announced on Sunday.

"Military courts were established through constitutional amendment in the environment of heightened terrorism," the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said while referring to the brutal attack on Peshawar's Army Public School in December 2014 that left 150 people, mostly children, dead.

"Routine judicial system was under stress wherein judicial set ups and judges were also subjected to act of terrorism," the ISPR added.

No extension for military courts as term expires

Therefore, it added, special constitutional arrangements were made to effectively check the terrorists terrorism.

"During the period of its validity, 274 cases were referred to military courts. Of these, 161 were awarded death penalty (12 executed) and 113 were awarded imprisonment of varying duration. The cases were dealt through due process of law in military courts."

The statement said that disposal through military courts has yielded positive effects towards reduction in terrorist activities.

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