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Nov
07

Intel Agencies get Sweeping Powers

President General Pervez Musharraf on Saturday promulgated an ordinance to amend the Pakistan Army Act 1952 allowing the military courts to try civilians for serious offences like terrorism. The ordinance, named as Pakistan Army (Amendment) Ordinance, 2007 gives sweeping powers to the security and intelligence agencies as for interrogation of civilians involved in terrorism and other serious offences.

According to Attorney General Malik Abdul Qayum, after the amendments in the Army Act, the army could interrogate the civilians suspected for involvement in terrorism. He said that the people suspected of targeting military personnel and installations could be interrogated by the army and their cases could be sent to the military courts. However, the police could not arrest such people and only the army would deal with them.

Islamabad seems to be setting the ground for something major, perhaps an operation or a crack down on the militancy spreading across Northern Pakistan.

Read more at The Nation

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