PR No.102 STATEMENT BY FINANCE MINISTER Islamabad: 12 March 2017

Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar said here Sunday  that the government tabled in National Assembly on Friday 10th March the Bills for Constitutional & Army Act amendments relating to the subject of Military Courts.

The Minister said the drafts of the said bills were agreed upon on 28th February in a meeting chaired by Speaker National Assembly and attended by Parliamentary leaders of all the parties in Senate and National Assembly. However some amendments to the proposed bills have subsequently been suggested by Pakistan Peoples Party and some other parties. In order to discuss these proposals and to develop consensus of all the political parties on the subject of Military Courts, the Speaker has convened, on the request of the government, a meeting of all the Parliamentary party leaders in Senate & National Assembly on Monday, 13th March 2017.

Finance Minister said that under the current circumstances the nation is looking for a united, coherent and resolute response by the political parties to effectively tackle the menace of terrorism.

The Finance Minister said that in the last few years, the political parties have developed a culture of ‘consensus through dialogue’  on issues of national importance. All the political parties have demonstrated that they can rise above party politics for a national cause, he said.

The Finance Minister hoped that in the meeting on 13th March political parties will once again demonstrate unity and resolve to effectively deal with the challenge of terrorism.