PESHAWAR - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq has said that keeping in view the prevailing situation his party and other political parties have supported the establishment of special military courts which would be functional only for a limited time.

He said that there was no other option left except constitution of military courts to deal with terrorism.

Talking to media persons after visiting Army Public School along with members of Political Jirga on Thursday, Siraj said it was difficult for all political parties to support formation of special courts. However, they agreed on these courts on the request of the federal government, he added.

Flanked by former interior minister Rehman Malak, Chairman Balochistan National Party Hasil Bezenjo, Najmuddin Khan and Sardar Bangalzai, provincial assembly speaker Asad Qaiser, the JI ameer said that Peshawar has been bleeding for last many years.

Rehman Malik said that people of Peshawar are brave; therefore, it should be declared the city of brave people.

He said that the martyred students should be awarded high civilian awards and all schools should be named after those martyred in Army Public School carnage. The Afghan government, he said, should hand over Mullah Fazlullah and other TTP leadership hiding in Afghanistan.

Rehman Malik said that military courts would only deal with the cases of hardcore militants and no political victimisation would be tolerated in this regard.

He said that terrorists did not believe in Islam and Pakistan. He termed the attack on school as an attack on the whole nation.

He said the Peshawar tragedy is not an ordinary incident of terrorism; it is an attack on the parents of the whole country.

On this occasion, National Party Chief Senator Mir Hasil Bezenjo said the Army Public School should be given university status. He said that school should be re-named on the name of Shuhada who embraced Shahadat in the school.


Staff Reporter from Islamabad adds: Accepting reformation in the religious seminaries like every other sector Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam chief Moulana Fazlur Rehman has rejected the propaganda against religious institutions terming it a part of international campaign against Islam.

Talking to media persons here on Thursday, the Maulana said religious institutions have always played their role for sectarian harmony and opposed extremism.

He also said that Army has an important role to play in the fight against terrorism. He said JUI(F) was not alone to support the removal of moratorium on hanging and establishment of military courts for speedy trial of terrorists but other parties also approved it. Though his party was not in favour of military courts, yet in the given situation they considered it necessary to deal with the extra-ordinary situation facing the country, he explained.

Criticising the government’s inconsistent policy to tackle the issue of militancy, Fazl said that first it was decided to engage them in dialogue but then abruptly suspended it and launched operation against them.

Explaining his party’s position, he said that they were not in favour of handing over of state affairs to Army Chief for two years and wanted to see the political leadership in the driving seat. He regretted that unfortunately political leadership of the country gathered at a single platform after some tragedy.

He said that actually it’s the failure of government and not the law which could not be implemented in true letter and spirit and eventually the nation has to go for some out of box solution to the problem.  He said the political leadership should have to remain united in the interest of the country. He said the incident in Peshawar school has united the entire nation.