Anti Terrorism Court of Pakistan

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The Anti Terrorism Court of Pakistan (Urdu: عدالت انسداد دہشتگردی, ATC) was established in Pakistan,[year needed] under Nawaz Sharif's government, to deal with terrorism cases.

1997 creation and subsequent amendments[edit]

The court had been created by the 1997 Anti-Terrorist Act, amended on 24 October 1998 by the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance following the Supreme Court judgment (Merham Ali versus Federation of Pakistan, 1998) declaring most of its provisions unconstitutional.[1] A short time before being ousted from power by Pervez Musharraf's coup, Sharif enacted the 25 August 1999 Pakistan Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance which generalized the ATC system to all of the country.[1]

Anti-terrorism courts under General Pervez Musharraf[edit]

Following Pervez Musharraf's 1999 coup, Nawaz Sharif was judged and given a life sentence in 2000 by the ATC, which was commuted into exile.[citation needed]

ATC sentenced to death in 2006, Kamran Atif, an alleged member of Harkat-ul Mujahideen al-Alami who had attempted to assassinate Musharraf in 2002, and had been arrested two years later.[citation needed] Following Musharraf's resignation in 2008, a moratorium on capital punishment has been enacted, although it is not completely respected.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Charles H. Kennedy, The Creation and Development of Pakistan’s Anti-terrorism Regime, 1997–2002 in Religious Radicalism and Security in South Asia (Satu P. Limaye, Robert G. Wirsing, Mohan Malik, eds.), p.387-413 (a publication of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaï, Spring 2004).

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