Govt not to extend Military courts, Negotiations just eyewash: Dr Tahir ul Qadri

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has said that it has been decided in principle by the government not to extend duration of military courts and parliamentary negotiations in this regard are nothing but an eyewash. Addressing a delegation of Pakistan Awami Tehreek ulema by phone on Wednesday, he said the countries facing terrorism had enacted special anti-terror laws and set up courts but Pakistan that was the worst terror-hit country extraordinary laws and measures had become a matter of dispute. He said now there is no doubt that facilitators and supporters of terrorists have an access to power corridors and they have high political stakes. They know if terrorism is rooted out, it will eventually become impossible for them to achieve their political designs.

Dr Qadri said that the Qazi Essa Commission report is an eye-opener and the masses can no longer be befooled on one pretext or the other. He said the people know that Operation Zarb-i-Azb, National Action Plan, military courts and eradication of terror had never been a priority of the present rulers, adding they are least concerned about killing of more Pakistanis in terror attacks. He said the Qazi Essa Report had not been taken seriously and instead of taking action on it, the commission head was threatened. Then the Supreme Court had to intervene and take notice of the situation.

He said the nation would pay the price if no action against supporters of terror was taken and feared that the sacrifices made by armed forces and masses might go waste if present policies of rulers continue. He said the important point in the Qazi Essa report is the absence of a narrative against terror. He said the rulers should be held accountable for non-implementation of the National Action Plan in its true letter and spirit. He said the apex court had also pointed out a nexus between terror, corruption and those calling the shots.

He said the Tehreek Minhaj ul Quran had given a narrative on terror which consists of 25 books by fulfilling its obligations but it is an irony that those in power are not taking any guidance from it.