Military Courts and definition of a terrorist by Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

Former member of PTI Chairman Advisory Committee and Central Tarbiyati Council Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi issued following press statement about parliamentary debate on military courts:

I appreciate that members of the parliamentary committee on military courts accepted the suggestion proposed by us that term of the courts should not go beyond the tenure of the present government. Now the next issue is the mandate of the courts especially definition of terrorist. I would suggest that anyone engaged in an act of violence in a terrorist act whether the development of a bombing material, firing a bullet, blasting an explosive or any other form of violence should be classified as a terrorist and tried by the military courts while facilitators and supporters should be tried by the Anti-Terrorist Courts. Religious labeling of terrorism is not appropriate. There are many forms and motivations for committing crimes against community at large. A person or a group engaged in mass murder without a personal motive or grievance is a terrorist as the objective is to disrupt peace and create panic.

In the past, we opposed the creation of military courts but these same parliamentarians that are opposing it today endorsed and voted for it. Once again our fear is that publicly they will oppose it but in the end approve it. We will oppose the creation of military courts if a parliamentary committee is not formed to overhaul Pakistan Penal Code and Pakistan Code of Civil procedures. We will only accept military courts as a compromise solution to achieve the objective of reforming the judicial system for the long term. A judicial system that delivers speedy and affordable justice is need of the hour because injustice is one of the main causes of the rise of extremism and fundamentalism in the country.

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