Govt will not take any extra-constitutional steps to set up military courts: PM

Published: December 31, 2014
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A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the government would not “think of doing anything extra-constitutional” to establish military courts. 

“All stakeholders unanimously agreed on the establishment of military courts,” the prime minister said while addressing the Senate.

“The decision to make constitutional amendments lies with the Senate and the Lower House in the National Assembly,” Nawaz said, while emphasising that the power to pass laws and establish courts is the sole domain of the Senate and National Assembly.

“These decisions are not made by just one man,” he said.

“We are working within the ambit of the Constitution when taking these actions,” he said.

Further, the premier lauded the efforts of the Action Plan Committee for forming a National Action Plan in a timely manner, adding that the committee “spent 10 hours formulating the 20-point action plan, which all stakeholders agreed to.”

“We are in a state of war,” he said to the Senate, adding, “Is it not extraordinary that innocent children are shot at? That children’s books are washed in their blood?”

“We will take revenge for the killings of the innocent school children,” the prime minister said.

Nawaz further spoke about the role of the media in this “national issue”, stating that the media should not glorify terrorism, but added that it should have freedom.

PM announces slash in prices of petroleum 

Shortly after addressing the Senate, the prime minister announced a reduction of Rs6.25 for the price of petrol.

He announced other price reductions as well, where high octane would be reduced by Rs14.14, kerosene would be reduced by Rs11.26, diesel for Rs7.86, light diesel oil Rs10.48.

He added that relief for the public since August 31, 2014 has amounted to Rs400 billion, whereas the revenue loss has been Rs68 billion.

The premier also said in the backdrop of losses, “there will be a 5% increase in the sale tax, which will make up for Rs17 billion in the next six months.”

However, Nawaz said there will be no sales tax on furnace oil as it is used for electricity.

“On September 1, 2014, the rate of furnace oil was Rs79,229 per ton and on January 1, 2015, it will be Rs43,015 per ton,” Nawaz said.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • raider
    Dec 31, 2014 - 6:09PM

    now pm speaking with his sences after being succumbed to army earlier, now in coming day he may withdraw all togaether

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  • FaiselH
    Dec 31, 2014 - 6:20PM

    “”NAP””
    as Aitizaz Ahsan very sadly, but very aptly put it.
    May Allah have Mercy on us.

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  • A-No.1
    Dec 31, 2014 - 6:54PM

    “Nawaz further spoke about the role of the media in this “national issue”, stating that the media should not glorify terrorism, but added that it should have freedom.”

    Neither should political parties sponsor terrorists.

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  • salman
    Dec 31, 2014 - 6:56PM

    Mian sahib blows in the wind, as usual.

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  • Rex Minor
    Dec 31, 2014 - 8:08PM

    The extra judicial murder of the people in the tribal region is not the business of the State which has no writ over the autonomous territory. Not Allah but the Devil in person is guiding the civilian and military leaders of Pakistan while the opposition under the leadership of an ammature has been practicaly paralised.

    Rex Minor

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  • Blithe
    Dec 31, 2014 - 9:03PM

    @raider:
    Stop trying to create fissures – undemocratic people like you are the true enemies of Pakistan

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  • Farhan
    Dec 31, 2014 - 9:25PM

    We need security in Pakistan. Be it extra constitutional or whatever. So far constitution has been used to protect political interests only and make people fool.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 31, 2014 - 9:39PM

    PTI continued to tell us this wasn’t our war, despite the terrorists killing our men, women, and children in scores. Only the loss of the armed personnel’s children, shook their conscience. Is this just a coincidence or Army is indeed controlling Imran Khan’s strings? Dance to my tunes!

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  • Rashid
    Dec 31, 2014 - 10:30PM

    The extra judicial murder of the people in the tribal region is not the business of the State which has no writ over the autonomous territory. Not Allah but the Devil in person is guiding the civilian and military leaders of Pakistan while the opposition under the leadership of an ammature has been practicaly paralised.Recommend

  • raider
    Dec 31, 2014 - 10:32PM

    @Blithe:
    i know myself better than you, and i would like to one thing just be added “truth always prevails”

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  • Georgia Paki
    Dec 31, 2014 - 10:52PM

    Long live NS. A true leader leading from the front.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 31, 2014 - 11:00PM

    What the people fear is that……..in the end after much procrastination you will do nothing…..and even if you do something, you will ensure that the final result is ZERO.
    A clear example….is the 14 murders by the police under government orders in Model Town Lahore.

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