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Pakistan: Military Tribunals Will Handle Terrorism Cases

By    |   Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 09:29 AM

For the next two years, extremists on trial in Pakistan on terrorism charges will face military officers, not civilian judges. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement after a lengthy meeting of the political and security establishment, The New York Times reported.

The move, announced in a brief televised address to the nation, is part of a 20-point plan to turn the tide against violent Muslim extremism that has claimed tens of thousands of lives in recent years. It comes in the wake of the slaughter of 132 children by Pakistani Taliban on December 16 in an attack that also claimed the lives of 16 others.

Among the measures announced were the establishment of a special force to deal with terrorism and a commitment not to allow outlawed Islamist extremist groups to operate under other names.

Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party has itself been suspected of maintaining ties to the extremists, the Times reported.

Arif Rafiq, a Washington-based Pakistani, told the Times that improving the civilian judicial system also had to be part of any comprehensive plan to overcome the extremists.

Newspaper columnist Mosharraf Zaidi said that until Sharif took power, "No one in his position thus far has been this clear or this decisive in linking extremism to terrorism." He said Sharif's plan gives Pakistan "a fighting chance at a better future" though "we've seen false dawns before," the Times reported.

The premier was able to get the leaders of the main political parties, who had initially opposed the move, to agree to the establishment of military courts, according to Geo TV in Pakistan.

Elsewhere, the country's president, Mamnoon Hussain, appealed to all Pakistanis to unite against, what he termed, a handful of extremists. Hussain and Sharif are both members of the same political party.

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