ISLAMABAD: PML-N Senator Saadia Abbasi raised objections during a session of the Upper House of Parliament, stating that a resolution in favor of establishing military courts was passed on Monday with only around 90 members present, deviating from the agenda and criticizing it as undemocratic.
She said that the Supreme Court’s decision was not a personal matter for the judges but in accordance with the Constitution.
The PML-N senator condemned the resolution and called on members to strongly criticize it. Other members, including PPP’s Raza Rabbani and JI’s Mushtaq Ahmed, sought permission to discuss the resolution, but the deputy chairman Senate deferred it until the completion of the agenda.
Amid the commotion, PML-N Senator Saifullah Abro pointed out a quorum issue, leading to a five-minute ringing of bells. The Senate session was later adjourned until 10:30 am on Friday.
The session witnessed disruptions as members, including Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, expressed a desire to discuss the resolution passed on Monday.
The Senate passed a resolution in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on military courts, expressing concerns about the interference with Parliament’s legislative authority and asserting that actions against terrorists should be handled through military courts, operational since 1967.