Pakistan's parliament votes for military courts to try insurgents

January 6, 2015 1:04 PM

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament on Tuesday passed legislation allowing military courts to try insurgents, one of a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on increasingly brutal attacks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 children last month.

With the unanimous vote of all lawmakers present in the lower house and the senate, the bill secured a two-thirds majority it required. Lawmakers from religious parties and an opposition party led by former cricketer Imran Khan stayed away.

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