Islamabad (Staff Report): The Senate on Wednesday approved the “The Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2017” regarding to the restoration of military courts for another two years.
Earlier on Tuesday, the National Assembly passed the bill, when 255 NA members voted in favour while only four voted against.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid, who tabled the bill, said that in January 2015 the Pakistan Army Act 2015, along with 21st Constitution amendment was passed to trial hardcore terrorists in military courts.
He also stated that it was reviewed in January this year and positive results were received in the war against terrorism through these amendments. He also noted that four additions have been made in the previously passed Pakistan Army Act 2015.
Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (F) (JUI-F)’s Maulana Attaur Rehman opposed the bill, saying that terrorism should not be linked with any religion, group or sect.
Majority of the Senate rejected his objection.