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Pak govt lists six cases for trial in special military courts

Islamabad: The Pakistan government has prepared a list of six terror-related cases, including former minorities affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder case, for speedy trial at newly set up special military courts.

A four-member committee constituted by the Islamabad chief commissioner has finalised six terrorism cases for trial by the military courts, the Dawn reported.

The team comprised deputy commissioner, SSP Islamabad, district attorney and DSP prosecution, it said.

So far eight high-profile cases have been sent to the committee for examination but after examining them, it decided to transfer six cases to the military courts.

Special military courts have been set up to fast-track terror-related cases after the Peshawar school massacre that left 150 people, mostly students dead, in December.

Bhatti’s murder case was among those selected for trial by the military courts, a police officer said. 42-year-old Bhatti, a Roman Catholic and an advocate of reform of the country’s blasphemy laws, was killed by Taliban gunmen in March 2011. Police arrested two persons for killing him in 2013.

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