Pak Interior Minister rules out military courts

May 3rd, 2011 - 6:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, May 3 (ANI): Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has ruled out the possibility of establishing military courts by amending the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

“The democratic government will never establish military courts to try suspected terrorists,” Malik told the Supreme Court.

He disclosed that however there was a proposal to extend the period of detention of a suspected militant to 90 days.

He said that amendments proposed to the Act had not yet been approved by parliament, as it was skeptical about the misuse of powers by law-enforcement agencies.

According the Dawn, the clarification came in the wake of Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jehangir’s statement that she was disturbed by suggestion of three former judges of a commission on missing persons to set up military courts.

Regarding the situation in Balochistan, he denied that 6,000 people were missing and said that figures have been inflated to draw attention. He said that the actual number is only 55. He also assured the court that intelligence and security agencies were making sustained efforts to improve law and order situation in the country. (ANI)

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