PPP’s ‘all parties’ conference fails to arrive at a consensus on military courts

MAMOSA Report — The Pakistan Peoples Party’s ‘all-parties’ conference Saturday failed to arrive at a consensus on military courts, with Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) not in attendance, while the ruling PML-N was not invited.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said his party will decide its stance on the issue after consultation with its legal team.

Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed of the Awami Muslim League (AML), Aftab Ahmed Sherpao of the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), Maulana Fazlur Rehman of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), and other heads of political parties attended the meeting.

The government has convened sessions of parliament to secure the passage of a constitutional amendment seeking to revive military courts. But it may not get its way if it fails to win over PPP and MQM — two parties that are not quite on board with the plan that was agreed upon by all other parliamentary leaders a day earlier.

President Mamnoon Hus­sain on Wednesday summoned sessions of the Senate and National Assem­bly on Friday (tomorrow) and Monday (March 6), respectively.

The numerical strength of various parties in the two houses of parliament shows that support of the PPP and MQM would be vital if the government wanted the constitutional amendment to sail through the Senate, where the ruling party is in minority, Dawn reported.

On Tuesday, after a meeting of parliamentary leaders chaired by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, representatives of nearly all political parties declared they had reached a consensus on the issue of reviving the military courts.

However, they set a condition that a parliamentary committee be set up to oversee the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and steps taken to improve the judicial and legal system.

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