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Pakistan to try 3,300 terror suspects in military courts

“Cases of around 3,000 suspected ‘jet black terrorists’ arrested during the military operations in Swat, South and North Waziristan agencies, and 300 to 400 terror suspects being tried at anti-terrorism courts in the provinces will be sent to the military courts,” a senior government functionary told the Express Tribune newspaper.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain Wednesday signed a bill into law creating the military courts a day after both houses of parliament approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment and Pakistan Army Act Amendment Bills by an overwhelming majority.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the creation of special military courts at the end of December after the massacre by the Taliban in an army-run school in the north-western city of Peshawar.

Despite strong political backing, the measure has also been met with misgivings about allowing justice to go into the hands of the all-powerful army. “This bill is about military courts trying hardcore terrorists who kill Pakistanis... this is an important day for Pakistan when the nation decided that terrorists will be taken out from the roots,” said Sharif after the vote.


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