The National Assembly of Pakistan has passed a resolution urging the government to ensure that the process of trying those involved in the May 9 riot in the city of Lahore is conducted in accordance with the due process of law and the military laws applicable to the area. The resolution also calls on the government to take all necessary measures to ensure that justice is served.
The resolution was passed after considerable debate in the National Assembly. Opponents of the resolution argued that allowing military laws to be used in the Lahore riots could set a dangerous precedent for the enforcement of military laws throughout the country. Supporters of the resolution argued that military laws should be used when necessary to bring those guilty of serious crimes to justice.
It is yet to be seen how the government will respond to the resolution and if the process of trying those involved in the Lahore riots will be conducted under military laws. In the meantime, the government has made it clear that it is committed to ensuring that those responsible for the riots will face justice.