Rawalpindi - A total of 13,053 cases are pending in anti-terrorism courts of the country while 5,500 cases are pending in anti-terrorism courts of Punjab.

“The judges of anti-terrorism courts should dispose of huge backlog of terror cases within seven days after the government lifted moratorium on the death penalty in terrorism cases,” said former Federal Law Minister and PPP stalwart Dr Babar Awan while talking to media persons on Saturday after addressing the inaugural ceremony of Quaid-e-Azam Hall at Chakwal District Bar.

President CBA Malik Nadeem Iqbal Advocate and other senior and junior lawyers including Syed Zia-Ul-Hassan, Hassan Raza Pasha, Haroon Irshad Janjua and Irfan Zaidi were also present on the occasion.

Talking to media persons, Dr Babar Awan said that a total of 13,053 terror cases were pending in the ATCs of the country whereas 5,500 cases were yet to be disposed of in the ATCs in Punjab. He said that the judges of all the ATCs should dispose of the cases within seven days. He said that the government made the delay in solving all the cases intentionally because of which the terrorism activities attained a new peak in the country. “The rulers fuelled the fire of terrorism in the country by imposing ban on hangings in the country,” he said.

He said that there was no justice available in the country, adding that the chief justice Lahore High Court had summoned a session of judges of all the subordinate courts to discuss the matter.

Coming down hard of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Dr Babar Awan said that the government failed to play an effective role after Peshawar tragedy saying, “The federal defence minister had hidden himself after terror attack on a school in Peshawar.”

He said that the Parliament could not fulfil the demands and expectations desired by the nation and the committee formed to probe Peshawar incident could not present its findings so far. Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and the solution of nation’s all maladies lies only in holding new elections, the former federal law minister said.

Replying to a query, Awan said that no deal was made between PPP and PML-N and those leaders who would dare to do so would not be spared at the hands of masses.

The other lawyers also addressed the ceremony and vehemently condemned the Peshawar school attack.