Pakistan

Dar phones parliamentary leaders to discuss military courts’ extension

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Saturday called parliamentary leaders on telephone, to discuss with them matters concerning extension in working of military courts for speedy trial of terrorists.

During his telephone calls the Minister emphasized the need for complete consensus in this matter and said that a prompt decision was vital to counter the fresh wave of militancy that had gripped the country during the last few days.

Referring to the recent incidents in FATA. Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta, Awaran, and Sehwan Sharif, the Minister said that it was heart wrenching to see so many precious lives being lost in gory incidents of terror in all the four provinces.

He said that an effective and well-coordinated response on part of the federal and provincial governments was need of the hour.

Continuation of the military courts was essential for ensuring continuation of the momentum of anti terrorism campaign and the political leadership in the Parliament needed to show unity as well as complete unanimity of views on this issue.

There can be no compromise on the safety and security of the people and the country, the Minister remarked.

The parliamentary leaders expressed agreement with Minister Dar on having a well-coordinated and fitting response to the terrorist threat.

The political leaders that the Finance Minister telephoned on Saturday included Maulana Fazal ur Rahman, Syed Naveed Qamar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Maulana Attaur Rahman.

The Minister also earlier made phone call to Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq asking him to facilitate early convening of meeting of the parliamentary committee on the subject of military courts so that a concrete decision in the matter could be taken as early as possible.

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