Setback to govt: PPP, PTI oppose constitutional amendment on military courts

Published: December 31, 2014
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PTI accuses ruling party of appeasing military. PHOTO: REUTERS

PTI accuses ruling party of appeasing military. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Top opposition groupings Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) reneged from their earlier pledge to back speedy trial courts run by military officers to prosecute hardcore militants. The move is seen as a serious setback to the government’s efforts for building consensus over the National Action Plan.

The two parties stood united in the parliamentary committee’s deliberations on an amendment regarding military courts on Tuesday, when both asked the government not to amend the constitution for the special courts, instead suggesting it to try the terrorists within the existing laws.

“Don’t amend the constitution — the National Action Plan can be executed without amending it,” observed Leader of Opposition in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan.

Aitzaz, who represents PPP in the committee deliberating proposed amendments, suggested a ‘meditative way’ to resolve the hurdles in execution of the action plan.  He, however, complained that the government has not yet shared the promised amended draft pertaining to proposed constitutional amendments.

Although Aitzaz did not disclose his meditative plan, however a senior PPP leader told The Express Tribune that “PPP could agree upon amending the Army Act 1952” by explaining what does ‘meditative way’ mean for.

Talking about amending the Army Act 1952, Senator Raza Rabbani said: “It depends on the proposed amendments [in the Army Act] — we have to see into it.” But he opposed any amendment to the constitution for special courts, saying: “An amendment to the constitution with the effect of military courts will tantamount to altering the basic structure of the constitution.”

The PTI leadership in its Tuesday’s meeting has decided to oppose the idea of special courts run by the military officers, said Hamid Khan, who is representing his party in the committee.  Khan was of the view that PML-N leadership is appeasing the military leadership by establish military courts to try civilians. It seems, he added, political parties don’t have the courage “to say no to military courts.”

PTI spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari said: “In the committee, PTI’s effort to seek a solution to speedy trials, etc. within the existing constitutional framework was supported by PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan and other parties’ representatives most of whom agreed with Hamid Khan and Aitzaz to see if an accommodation could be made within the existing constitutional framework. PTI, however, remains steadfast in its commitment made in the APC to fight terrorism with resolve and through a national consensus.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2014.

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  • zahid
    Dec 31, 2014 - 1:57PM

    Munafiq politicians. They dont have any vision therefore this country is suffering.

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  • Aly
    Dec 31, 2014 - 3:05PM

    but that mazari DENIED a day ago that PTI opposed military courts…what was that then? Anyone care to ask her why she lied?

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  • Karachiwala
    Dec 31, 2014 - 3:38PM

    For the politician i believe it was said by a very famous writer

    That this a group of people who individually cannot decide anything BUT as group they can decide that nothing can be done

    Sad story of Pakistan the loser one way or the other is going to be AWAAM all politician will run away when difficult time comes for them and come in when the spring season is on mean while army start their lashing on the AWAAM, some time i think is this the way that it meant to be like this or this is a planned cycle for the Pakistan.
    I need a response from all in this regards

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  • AA
    Dec 31, 2014 - 4:01PM

    Vision-less, unwise, PML-N is using incidence of Peshawar to enhance its prosecution powers to persecute its political opponents the consequences will affect them too. Hard headed PML-N MNAs are foresighted, their wit does not allow them to see impacts of their current actions comeback and sting them when they leave power. They think they will never loose the helm to be subjected to these laws. Just like in the past, it will be their doing that finally destroy them.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 31, 2014 - 4:39PM

    A very wise decision by PTI and PPP. Military courts are not the solution. The Peshawar tragedy was the result of failure of intelligence and security forces. All of us has to do our jobs proficiently and honestly before demanding others to do theirs.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 31, 2014 - 5:03PM

    @Karachiwala:

    That is your prognosis. What is the remedy?

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Dec 31, 2014 - 5:25PM

    In simple layman’s term – PTI and Hazrat Waliullah Niazi taking what he takes best, U-Turn. As usual, the dimwit brigade and cult worshipers of Deen-e-Imrani are defending this U-Turn just like they were defending PTI’s decision to support military courts in the first APC….Nonsense party. I hope the government hauls IK as its first accused in the military courts for attacking state institutions on 30th August.

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  • Sadia
    Dec 31, 2014 - 10:39PM

    Vision-less, unwise, PML-N is using incidence of Peshawar to enhance its prosecution powers to persecute its political opponents the consequences will affect them too. Hard headed PML-N MNAs are foresighted, their wit does not allow them to see impacts of their current actions comeback and sting them when they leave power. They think they will never loose the helm to be subjected to these laws. Just like in the past, it will be their doing that finally destroy them.

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  • Georgia Paki
    Dec 31, 2014 - 11:21PM

    PTI and PPP are a joke.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Jan 1, 2015 - 8:47AM

    @adnan
    Leader required my dear a genuine leader!!

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