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Pakistani parliament extends military courts' mandate

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani parliament Wednesday (March 22) overwhelmingly passed a bill extending the mandate of the country's military courts, media reported.

The Senate (upper chamber) passed the bill Wednesday with the required two-thirds majority, one day after the National Assembly (lower chamber) passed it with a 255-4 margin, according to Geo News and Dawn.

The bill gives military courts another two years to function. Their initial two-year mandate expired in January.

Pakistan established the courts shortly after the December 2014 massacre of more than 140 children and teachers at Army Public School in Peshawar.

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