ISLAMABAD: The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad this afternoon with Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair.
The Senate resumed further discussion on “The Constitution (Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2017”, which was tabled by Law Minister Zahid Hamid on Wednesday.
Taking part in the discussion, Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel opposed the bill and said that by extending military courts, democratic parties are strengthening dictatorship in the country.
Sitara Ayaz said that Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is the worst hit by terrorism and that is why her party is going to support this bill to end the scourge from the country.
Sehar Kamran said that we have no other option to support this bill to crush terrorism from Pakistan.
Rehman Malik said that terrorism is a threat to democracy. He urged the government to take appropriate steps to strengthen judicial system of the country so that there will be no need to further extend military courts after two years.
Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh said Pakistan’s existing judicial system is so feeble and frail that it is unable to check terrorism in the country and that is why there is a need to extend military courts for two years.
Mohsin Aziz said that extraordinary circumstances need extraordinary measures. He said that we have not been discussing extension in the military courts if National Action Plan has been implemented in letter and spirit.
Khalida Parveen said extension in military courts is a big question mark on the claim of good governance.—Radio Pakistan