Pakistan

Military courts to begin trials next week

RAWALPINDI: The newly-formed military courts will begin trials of terrorism cases from next week, ARY News reported Wednesday.

The interior ministry had forwarded 39 cases to the army for trial by the military courts, out of which 12 have been assigned to the courts for hearing.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asim Bajwa some days ago in a tweet said: “To begin with 12 cases (have been) assig­ned to military courts. Legal process kicks off.”

Senate Standing Committee on Rules and Regulations held its meeting with Senator Tahir Mashidi in the chair. Necta coordinator Hamid Ali Khan briefed the meeting that as many as 23,000 seminaries were operating across the country, while according to Madaris Board at least 26,000 seminaries had been operating in the country.

The Senate body inquired about funding sources of these seminaries, the Necta coordinator expressed ignorance in this regard.

Mr. Mashidi said the privilege of the parliament was breached after it was misinformed about funding of seminaries. IG Punjab told the meeting that information about  50 per cent of the seminaries in the province had been obtained.

The government legislated to set up military courts to try terror-related cases after Taliban gunmen killed 150 people at army-run school last month in the country’s deadliest ever militant attack.

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