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77 military courts in Punjab and 6 in the federal capital to be established

08 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Authorities on Wednesday 7,January,2015 decided to set up 77 military courts in Punjab and six in the federal capital to try hardcore terror suspects.

The decision comes a day after constitutional amendments were unanimously approved by parliament, paving way for the establishment of military courts. According to well-placed sources, 77 military courts will be established in Punjab in two phases. Apart from Punjab, six military courts would be set up in the federal capital. Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have been asked to decide the number of cases and courts within three days. Army and provincial governments will forward cases to interior ministry for initiating trial of suspects.

Meanwhile, as many as 30 high-profile terrorism-related cases were on Wednesday sent to the Interior Ministry by four Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) for their proceedings in the military courts. According to sources, these cases include attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, attack on Manawan training centre and attack on the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) building along with others. These high-profile terrorism-related cases would now have their proceedings in the military courts. A list of at least 30 cases has been given to the Interior Ministry. Moreover, these cases also include attack on Rescue 15, Model Town attack and attack on Jinnah Hospital.

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