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Political and military leadership has evolved consensus on the national action plan against terrorism envisaging, among other things, setting up of speedy trial courts.

 The consensus emerged during a long session of the parliamentary leaders that continued for about eleven hour in Islamabad on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.  It was also attended by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and DG, ISI.

The special courts would be for two years and these would be headed by military officers. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said it was an historic occasion that consensus has emerged on the national action plan.

He vowed that the agreed points would be fully implemented. The Prime Minister reiterated resolve of the Government to get rid of the menace of terrorism once for all.

Later, talking to newsmen, PPP leaders Syed Khurshid Shah, Rehman Malik and Qamar Zaman Kaira said all political parties supported establishment of the speedy trial courts within the parameters of the Constitution.

They said terrorists would be tried in these courts and these would not be used for political objectives.They said setting up of speedy trial courts was necessitated by the fact that normal judicial system was not delivering.

The PPP leaders said the Committee headed by Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan would monitor implementation of the national action plan.PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the firm national resolve has sent a clear message to terrorists.

He said there should be proper planning and timeline for implementation of the agreed points.He said the political leadership has tried to come up to the expectations of the nation.

The meeting of the national parliamentary leaders adopted a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the dastardly terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar.

They resolved to set up speedy trial courts to be presided over by army officers.

These courts would be for two years and would expedite disposal of cases of terrorism. It was decided to amend the Constitution and relevant laws to facilitate establishment of the military courts.

The meeting noted that the nation faces extraordinary situation requiring extraordinary decisions. The leaders approved recommendations of the National Action Plan Committee about counter-terrorism.


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