SC de­ci­sion has helped war against terror: PM

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Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on Wed­nes­day while ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly ses­sion said that the Supreme Court's de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of mil­i­tary courts has strength­ened the war against ter­ror­ism.

"With this de­ci­sion, the war against ter­ror­ism will be strength­ened and ter­ror­ists will be dis­cour­aged," PM Nawaz said.

He added that the Par­lia­ment's de­ci­sion has been val­i­dated by the court and the ac­cep­tance of the ex­tra­or­di­nary steps is com­mend­able.

"For ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances, ex­tra­or­di­nary steps are re­quired," the premier re­it­er­ated.

He fur­ther added that all po­lit­i­cal par­ties had reser­va­tions about the es­tab­lish­ment of mil­i­tary courts, but to erad­i­cate ter­ror­ism from the coun­try, and to save peo­ple from un­mer­ci­ful el­e­ments who play with hu­man lives, this step was be­lieved to be nec­es­sary.

"The Supreme Court's re­spected judge's his­tor­i­cal de­ci­sion will reap pos­i­tive ef­fects," PM Nawaz added.

The Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day in a ma­jor­ity rul­ing up­held the es­tab­lish­ment of mil­i­tary courts in Pak­istan.

Pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing the 21st amend­ment were dis­missed in a ma­jor­ity 11-6 vote of the 17-mem­ber SC bench. Chief Jus­tice Nasirul Mulk and Jus­tice Dost Muham­mad an­nounced the ver­dict. In a 14-3 ma­jor­ity vote, pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing the 18th amend­ment were also dis­missed by the bench.

While ad­dress­ing the ses­sions, PM Nawaz once again re­quested Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment ( MQM) and JUI-F ( Jamiat Ulema-i-Is­lam-F) to take back their mo­tions to de-seat Pak­istan Tehreek-iIn­saf (PTI) min­is­ters from the assem­bly.

"I asked the lead­er­ship of the JUI-F and the MQM to with­draw their mo­tions to de-seat the PTI MNAs dur­ing the meet­ing with par­lia­men­tary party lead­ers but the is­sue is not re­solve as yet. The PML-N will not sup­port the mo­tions of the JUI-F and the MQM in the Na­tional Assem­bly," PM Nawaz added.

He added that state­ments made against the par­lia­ment in the past must be set aside in or­der to progress in favour of the coun­try. PM Nawaz also spoke of the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try af­ter the re­cent heavy rains and the re­lief ef­forts car­ried out in its af­ter­math.

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Syed Khur­sheed Shah also wel­comed the apex court's de­ci­sion by say­ing that the ver­dict up­holds the sovereignty of the Par­lia­ment.

He too re­quested MQM and JUI-F to take back their mo­tions, adding that PTI should be al­lowed to raise their is­sues in the par­lia­ment in­stead of tak­ing to the streets. He added that de­seat­ing that PTI mem­bers will not be a pos­i­tive step for democ­racy.

Crit­i­ciz­ing the PTI's lead­er­ship in deal­ing with the de-seat­ing cri­sis, Shah claimed that Im­ran Khan's pol­i­tics lacks a fu­ture strat­egy and long term plan­ning.

"We all need to move for­ward for the progress of democ­racy in the coun­try," he added.

JUI-F Chief Fa­zlur Rehman while ad­dress­ing the ses­sion also wel­comed the SC's de­ci­sion on the 18th and 21st amend­ments. Com­ment­ing on his party's res­o­lu­tion seek­ing to ouster PTI law­mak­ers, Rehman said that the PTI MNAs have them­selves ten­dered their res­ig­na­tions to the Speaker of the House.

Dis­miss­ing the gov­ern­ment's re­quest to take back the res­o­lu­tion, the JUI-F chief main­tained that the PTI lead­ers and leg­is­la­tors mocked the hon­or­able par­lia­ment dur­ing their sit-ins in Is­lam­abad and now want to be a part of the same House.

Com­ment­ing on the re­cent flood dis­as­ter, Rehman praised the gov­ern­ment ef­forts to help the af­fectees and its over­all role in deal­ing with the sit­u­a­tion.

"We will stand by gov­ern­ment in any cri­sis that may arise the fu­ture", Rehman told the par­lia­ment.

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