Mil­i­tary courts: Vot­ing on con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment de­ferred till to­day

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The fed­eral gov­ern­ment on Mon­day de­ferred un­til Tues­day vot­ing on the two gov­ern­ment bills aimed to set up con­sti­tu­tion­ally pro­tected mil­i­tary courts to try civil­ian ter­ror­ism sus­pects. Mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly had ar­rived in Par­lia­ment to­day to vote on the two bills - the Con­sti­tu­tion (Twenty-first Amend­ment) Bill and the Pak­istan Army (Amend­ment). But vot­ing was de­ferred after the gov­ern­ment fell short of the re­quired two-thirds majority - 228 mem­bers - for the pas­sage of the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ments after Jamiat Ule­mai-Is­lam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fa­zlur Rehman ex­pressed reser­va­tions on the bill, say­ing his party would not vote in favour of the amend­ment in its cur­rent form. Only 218 mem­bers were present dur­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly ses­sion to­day - 10 legislators short of the re­quired num­ber. The bill is now ex­pected to be tabled in the Na­tional Assem­bly on Tues­day.

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