Dar phones parliamentary leaders to discuss military courts

February 18, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

Ishaq Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar on Saturday telephoned parliamentary leaders to discuss matters concerning extension in working of military courts for speedy trial of terrorists.

The political leaders telephoned included Maulana Fazal ur Rahman, Syed Naveed Qamar, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Maulana Atta-ur-Rahman.

During his telephonic conversation, Ishaq Dar emphasized a complete consensus in this matter and said a prompt decision was
vital to counter fresh wave of militancy that had gripped the country during last few days.

Referring to recent incidents in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta, Awaran, and Sehwan
Sharif, the Minister said it was heart wrenching to see so many precious lives being lost in gory incidents of terror in all
four provinces.

He said an effective and well-coordinated response on part of federal and provincial governments was need of the hour and added continuation of military courts was essential for ensuring continuation of momentum of anti-terrorism campaign.

The Minister said political leadership in Parliament needed to show unity as well as complete unanimity of views on this issue.
There can be no compromise on safety and security of people and the country, the Minister remarked.

The parliamentary leaders expressed agreement with the Minister on having a well-coordinated and fitting response to
terrorist threat.

Earlier, Ishaq Dar made a phone call to Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, asking him to facilitate early convening of meeting of parliamentary committee on subject of military courts so that a concrete decision could be taken.- aAPP