Judicial system of Pakistan was under pressure at the time when military courts were set up: ISPR

RAWALPINDI  – Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has reported on Sunday that military courts were established under amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan and 161 criminals were sentenced to death.

In a statement issued by the media cell of Pakistan Army, it has been reported that terrorism was on a rise when military courts were set up and judicial system of Pakistan was under pressure.

Judges and the system was also being targeted by operatives of different banned outfits, ISPR stated.

The federation and the provinces forwarded at least 274 cases to army courts and accused in 161 of those cases were sentenced to capital punishment while 113 to life imprisonment. However, the courts have halted their functions as their tenure has expired.

Military courts were established after attack on Army Public School (APS) on December 16, 2014 claimed over 140 lives, mostly children.

The government in leadership of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif and the military in leadership of General Raheel Sharif, then army chief, decided to establish military courts.

For the cause, an amendment was brought in the constitution for speedy trials of terrorists.