Pakistan enacts new law to create constitutional military courts to try terrorists

Pakistan government has enacted new law, to create constitutional military courts to try and punish terrorists.

This new law came into effect after it was signed by Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.

Earlier, Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and 21st Constitution Amendment Bill, 2015 was passed by Pakistan’s National Assembly and the Senate.

Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 aims to set up Constitutionally protected military courts to try and punish terrorists.

While, 21st Constitution Amendment Bill, 2015 provides constitutional cover for the establishment of military courts in Pakistan.

Background

For past few years, Pakistan is struggling to come up with an adequate response to deal with the increasing menace of militancy.

Pakistan’s ruling government was under pressure after Peshawar School attack that had killed around 150 people including 132 children. So there was need of strict law to deal with the militants.

Summary 

The law will give a tough message to militants who often are wriggled out of ordinary courts.  Thus it will help to curb and eliminate militancy in Pakistan. Presently, Pakistan has already lifted moratorium on death penalty and hanged seven convicted militants.

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