Pakistan Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif on Tuesday approved an increase in the number of military courts to handle pending terrorism cases in Karachi, the military said.
Lawmakers voted in January to set up military courts to hear terrorism cases, prompting criticism from lawyers and rights activists concerned about the hearings, which are held in secret.
“Chief of Army Staff approved increase in number of military courts at Karachi to handle outstanding terrorist cases,” Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.
Gen. Sharif “directed across the board operations to eliminate terrorists, criminals and mafias from Karachi,” Bajwa said.
Sharif was in Karachi to review an ongoing operation by paramilitary Rangers and police against militant and criminal groups. It was not immediately clear that how many military courts were already holding trials or how many cases were pending before them as these courts work in restricted places.