Pakistani politicians up ante over army's secret courts

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ISLAMABAD: After army hearings ordered the execution of more than 100 terrorism suspects in the past two years, some Pakistani politicians are pushing back against the opaque courts in a rare sign of backbone against the nation's powerful military. The courts were set up about a month after Pakistani Taliban massacred more than 100 schoolchildren in December 2014.

The military's closed door proceedings have drawn ire from human rights organisations and admiration for swift rulings in a country where civilian courts are clogged. Investors have also noted Pakistan's improved security since a militant crackdown. However, Pakistan's army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, appointed in November, is facing off emboldened politicians in a bid to continue the secret courts.

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