Military courts have limited jurisdiction, says Aitzaz

LAHORE: Senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on Monday said that military courts formed under the newly-approved National Action Plan (NAP) have limited jurisdiction.

Speaking to media representatives outside the Lahore High Court (LHC), he said the government has the authority to choose cases to be referred to the military courts.

Ahsan said some religious parties, which were earlier praying for the success of the ongoing military offences, are now protesting against the NAP.

“If pending terrorism cases are decided in a month or two under the Protection of Pakistan Act (PPA), then the pressure can be mounted on the government,” said the PPP leader.

Barrister Ahsan further said that the establishment of military courts can only be justified if the nation was faced with a war.