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COAS Sharif approves increase in military courts

KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday approved an increase in the number of military courts to handle pending terrorism cases in the southern city of Karachi, ARY News reported citing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Lawmakers voted in January to set up military courts to hear terrorism cases, prompting criticism from lawyers and rights activists concerned about the hearings, which are held in secret.

“Chief of Army Staff approved increase in number of military courts at Karachi to handle outstanding terrorist cases,” ISPR spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

General Sharif “directed across the board operations to eliminate terrorists, criminals and mafias from Karachi.”

The army chief was in Karachi to review the ongoing operation by paramilitary Rangers and police against militant and criminal groups.

Karachi, a port city of some 20 million and Pakistan’s economic hub, is frequently hit by Islamist, political and ethnic violence.

Paramilitary forces began a sweeping crackdown on terrorists and criminals in the city in 2013 that has led to substantial drop in overall levels of violence.


COAS General Raheel Sharif visited Army Air Defence center this morning at Malir Cantt and laid floral wreath at Yadgare shahuada. He was briefed about the training activities at the center, a press release by ISPR stated.

COAS also addressed all officers and men of the Garrison. COAS will also visit Corps HQ later today.

COAS also pinned the badges of rank on the shoulders of Lieutenant Gen Zamir Ul Hassan Shah, Adjutant General Pakistan Army to formally install him as Colonel  Commandant of Army Air Defence, the press release read.

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