Pakistani president signs bill to revive military courts

Updated on Mar 31, 2017 07:05 PM IST

The development comes days after Pakistan’s Senate and National Assembly separately passed a constitutional amendment to extend the practice, which has been in place for two years.

Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.(AFP Photo)
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.(AFP Photo)
Islamabad | ByAP

State-run media says Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has signed a bill removing the last hurdle for the revival of military courts to try terrorism suspects.

The development comes days after Pakistan’s Senate and National Assembly separately passed a constitutional amendment to extend the practice, which has been in place for two years.

A previous 2015 amendment established the military courts for a two-year mandate that expired in January.

The move to send terror suspects to military courts came after the December 2014 Taliban attack on an army run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar that killed 154 people — mostly schoolchildren.

Pakistan at the time also lifted its moratorium on the death penalty.

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