ISLAMABAD: The Senate has passed a resolution against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the military courts and urged to hold trials of ‘terrorists in the military courts’.
The resolution was tabled by an independent Senator, Dilawar Khan, during the Senate session on Monday. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani opposed the resolution.
The resolution urged to hold trials of ‘terrorists’ in the military courts and termed the apex court’s decision against the legislation approved by the Parliament.
The resolution resonated with the concerns and sentiments expressed by different stakeholders, in particular, and the public in general, regarding the recent ruling of the apex court that declared Section 2(D)(1) & 59(4) of the Army Act unconstitutional.
It further stated that prima facie, an attempt has been made to rewrite the law by impinging upon the Parliament’s legislative authority.
It reiterates that the trial of those accused of violence against the armed forces under the Army Act is a proportional and appropriate response in line with the existing constitutional framework and statutory regime in the country.
Resolution Calls for Military Trials of Accused
While urging military trials of the accused, the resolution stated that the trial of individuals accused of violence and anti-state vandalism under the Army Act serves as a deterrent against such acts.
It stated that the absence of military court trials could encourage those responsible for acts of terrorism due to the lack of stringent justice in regular courts.
Supporting the military trials, it added that military courts have played an important role in addressing terrorism by ensuring that those responsible for terrorism are brought to justice.