LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday reserved verdict on maintainability of a petition seeking reinstatement of special courts established under Protection of Pakistan Act (PoPA).

Ghazi Ilamuddin advocate had filed the petition and submitted that the federal government had promulgated the protection of Pakistan law in 2014 to curb terrorism in the country. He said special courts were also established for trial of the terrorists charged under the law.

However, he said, the government did not extend the law after its two-year term expired in 2016 leading to the suspension of the special courts. The lawyer argued that the courts, which currently dysfunctional, should be reestablished since the menace of terrorism was yet to be eradicated.

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza reserved decision on the petition’s maintainability.