• Govt extends scope of military courts to Gilgit-Baltistan, AJK

    Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif

    During a meeting to review implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Tuesday, the government decided to extend the scope of military courts to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB)and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

    The high-level meeting at the Prime Minister's House in the federal capital approved that Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK Councils would also adopt the 21st Constitutional Amendment as well as the Amendment in the Army Act 1952 to facilitate formation of military courts in those areas.

    The premier was also briefed on legislative and administrative measures as well as the progress on sub-committees regarding implementation of the NAP.

    The NAP was drafted in the wake of the Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.

    As part of the NAP, it was also decided to set up military courts in the country to try terror suspects. Last month, political parties had reached a consensus on the establishment of military courts after several rounds of a multi-party conference which was also attended by the country's military leadership.

    In order to provide constitutional cover to the establishment of military courts, the Parliament had then adopted the 21st Constitutional Amendment Bill and the The Pakistan Army Amendment Bill 2015.

    Last week, the Pakistan Army had announced the establishment of the first group of nine military courts.

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