LAHORE - The Punjab government has no more cases in the pipeline for sending to the military courts except the seven terrorism-related cases forwarded to them three months back.

Official sources said that after the Supreme Court’s order upholding 21st Constitutional Amendment, the Punjab government might scrutinise more cases for sending to the military courts . The apex committee would finally decide about the cases of the culprits involved in terror activities.

As the criterion of the cases to be forwarded to the military courts is strict, it will be hard to forward more cases to the newly established courts, the sources added. Even some of already forwarded cases could be dropped as they did not match the technicalities, they held. Both the provincial and federal governments ensure tight scrutiny of terror-related cases, so it is hard to say that trials in the military courts are not fair, said a senior officer. Majority of the cases have either been decided by the ATCs or rejected by the provincial apex committee.

The attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on March 3, 2009, is one of the seven cases forwarded to the military courts . This incident claimed lives of seven policemen while some Sri Lankan cricketers were injured in the attack. Eight people were arrested, five of whom, including Malik Ishaq who has been killed in a police encounter, were granted bail by a superior court while Dr Usman was hanged in the 2009 GHQ attack case.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader Malik Ishaq was accused of inciting sectarian hatred and masterminding the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. Ishaq had also cultivated a high profile, addressing religio-political rallies after his release in 2011.

The case of Rafiullah and Abdur Rauf Gujjar who allegedly murdered Soneri Bank Manager Syed Waqar Hussain in Lahore on February 11, 2013, was also forwarded to the military court. The case of January 17, 2014, explosion in Khushhal Khan Khattak Express at Kotla Hassan Shah, near Rajanpur, that claimed lives of three people was also included in the list. The attack on television anchor Raza Rumi on March 10, 2014, in Lahore allegedly by Abdur Rauf Gujjar, Hashim, Salman Pathan and Shafqat was also included.

A case of a bomb blast during a procession taken out to mark the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain in Bahawalpur on January 15, 2012, that claimed 16 lives was also among other cases to be tried in the military courts . A case forwarded to a military court was the murder of lawyer Syed Arshad in Lahore on August 28, 2013, in which Gujjar was the main accused along with Shabbir Shah. The last case of Syed Shakir Ali Rizvi’s murder in Lahore was also among the cases forwarded to the military courts .

An officer, talking about working of the anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) working in the Punjab, said they were rapidly deciding cases. He said the low number of cases forwarded to the military courts shows the speed maintained by such courts.

Some of the high-profile cases tried by the ATCs were a Wah Cantt suicide attack on August 21, 2008, the Multan ISI Office attack in 2009, attacks on Lahore’s Rescue-15 and ISI Office on May 27, 2009, a suicide attack on the residence of former governor Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa on December 15, 2009, an attack on Qadiani worship place in Model Town in May 2010 and Sakhi Sarwar terrorism incident on April 3, 2011. Major penalties were announced in all these cases after rapid trials, the officer claimed.