Special courts being constituted only to deal with terrorists: Minister Pervaiz Rashid

Islamabad, December 30, 2014 (PPI-OT): Special Courts are being constituted only to deal with terrorists. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights said this in a meeting with Mr. Amjad Bashir, Member of the European Parliament today in Islamabad.

He said the recent act of terror in Peshawar jolted every Pakistani as it was a blatant act of cowardice and callousness. Pervaiz Rashid said killing of innocent souls is not only a huge loss to the future of Pakistan but to the mankind as well.

He said there is no place for extremism in our society and the whole nation has resolved to foil the nefarious designs of terrorists through joint efforts. Terrorists neither have any faith nor any regard for law, humanity and constitution, the Minister said.

He said, however, the Government will follow due process in the formation of special courts so that there could be no room for their misuse. All the accused will be given an opportunity to mount their defence and prove themselves innocent on the basis of evidence, Law Minister assured.

He told the member of European Parliament that many countries are continuing with death penalty and stressed that lifting of moratorium in Pakistan is only on terrorism related cases. Pakistan is committed to protect human rights of its all citizens including minorities in line with the constitutional guarantees and international commitments, the Minister emphasized.

Law Minister further added that the present democratic Government would take all the steps to ensure that human rights to be respected and no incident of extra judicial killing in process of execution may appear on the surface.

Mr. Amjad Bashir offered condolences and expressed his deepest grief and sorrow over the Peshawar terrorist incident. He also assured the EU assistance to Pakistan in its battle against terrorism and extremism. Mr. Justice Muhammad Raza Khan, Secretary, Law, Justice and Human Rights was also present in the meeting.

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