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PM forms committee to hold talks with opposition on military courts extension: sources

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GEO NEWS
Prime Minister Imran Khan. — Geo News FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has constituted a two-member committee to hold talks with the opposition on extension of military courts in the country, sources told Geo News Saturday.

The committee includes Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the sources said, who have been tasked to contact opposition parties.

They said the committee would kept the premier informed about talks with opposition.

The committee would also present drafts prepared by the Ministries of Law and Interior with regard to the matter, in meetings with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) members, the sources said further.

It would then present a report on talks with opposition parties to the prime minister, they added.

In January 2015, the Pakistan Army Act 2015, along with the 21st Constitutional Amendment, was passed to try hardcore terrorists in military courts. Since then, multiple additions have been made in the previously passed Pakistan Army Act 2015.

In March 2017, the National Assembly and Senate passed the 28th Amendment Bill 2017 extending the terms of military courts for another two years.

After the legislation, the term of the military courts was extended for another two years, starting from January 7, 2017.

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