Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) have expressed serious concern over the draft bill prepared by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government for establishment of Special Courts, terming it against the spirit of the Constitution.
The legal teams of these Political parties showed these reservations in a meeting with Finance Minister Muhmmad Ishaq Dar in the Chair at Prime Minister Secretariat on Monday. Senators, Aitzaz Ahsan of PPP, Farogh Naseem of MQM, Afrasiab Khattak of ANP, Mushahid Hussain Syed of PML-Q, federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal of PML-N and Hamid Khan of PTI also participated in the meeting.
The legal experts of PPP, PTI, MQM and ANP discussed the draft legislation and termed some clauses of it against the basic fundamental human rights mentioned in the Constitution of Pakistan.
Hamid Khan said while talking to Business Recorder that the PML-N government shared a piece of legislation in the meeting which is against the sprit of the constitution. “The draft of the bill for establishment of Special Court is against the sprit of the Constitution. It violates the fundamental rights of the people given in the Constitution.”
Central Information Secretary of ANP Zahid Khan told the Business Recorder that his party has serious reservations on the draft and said that it is against the fundamental human rights. He said that his party presented some proposals in the meeting and asked the PML-N government to review the draft bill.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that military courts cannot root out terrorism from the country. He said that civil courts exist in the country and there is a need to make improvement in the current system. He said that special courts are against the spirit of the Constitution and fundamental human rights.
MQM Senator Colonel Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi (retd) told the Business Recorder that Article 4 to 24 of the constitution are about the protection of fundamental rights of the citizens of the country and the parliament can not legislate against the basic spirit of constitution.
PML-Q Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed said that his party’s stance about the Special Courts is same as adopted in the All Parties Conference (APC) held in Peshawar. He said that today’s meeting discussed draft of the legislation for Special Courts and the process of consultation is still not completed.
Finance Minister Muhmmad Ishaq Dar said while talking on a private TV channel that the government would consider the reservations of the political parties and will remove them before finalisation of the draft. He said that we have told the political leadership about the purpose for which Special Courts are being established. He said that an agreement would be signed with all political parties regarding establishment of Special Courts on finalisation of discussion.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT