Terrorism cases to be tried in military courts: Memon

January 7, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon on Thursday said that the Sindh government has shortlisted major cases related to terrorism including terror incidents of Karachi airport, Mehran Base, Karsaz attack and attack on Benazir Bhutto which would be recommended to be tried in military courts.

Sharjeel Memon was addressing a press conference in Archive Complex Karachi after a government meeting to review mechanism of the National Action Plan (NAP), presided over by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

He said that 15 out of 20 points of the NAP were related to the provincial governments. He said that the 21st constitutional amendment was a concrete step towards maintaining law and order. This development would definitely help to uproot terrorism from the country. He said we are not in the fever of any undemocratic act but after the Peshawar incident we needed to work for eliminating terrorism.

Memon said that approximately 3,000 terrorism-related cases were still pending, mainly the cases of extortion and target killing in Sindh province. He said that these cases will be recommended to federal government to refer them for trail in military courts. He clarified the provincial government was not authorized to refer directly the cases for trail courts, but would recommend the federal government in this regard.

He said Sindh government formed four committees including legal, judicial intelligence and media committees to implement the NAP. The apex committee would be led by Chief Minister.

Memon said that 500 target killers would be arrested, adding the government has the list of target killers, and also put head money on these target killers. He said execution of worker of a political party, Saulat Mirza, was postponed by the federal government order. He announced that the process of execution of death convicts will star from January 13 in Sindh.

He said that the meeting decided to launch a crackdown on illegal immigrant and Afghan refugee. He said in Karachi all landlords would have to register the data of tenants. He said all offensive wall chalking would removed. He said CM has directed all departments to implement all-out measures regarding improving security.

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