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Pakistan's Supreme Court rules to allow military trials for suspects in terrorism cases

  • A traffic police officer walks past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects _ the latest in the government’s intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year’s Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    A traffic police officer walks past the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects _ the latest in the government’s intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year’s Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer stands guard in front of the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects _ the latest in the government’s intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year’s Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

    A police officer stands guard in front of the Supreme Court building in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to allow military trials for terror suspects _ the latest in the government’s intensified campaign against terrorism in the wake of last year’s Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled to allow military trials for terror suspects — the latest in the government's campaign against terrorism following last year's Taliban attack on a school that killed nearly 150 people, almost all of them children.

Zafrullah Khan, the government's legal adviser, said Wednesday's ruling gives the green light for army courts to try civilians suspected in terrorism cases.

The ruling followed several petitions that challenged early year's parliament decision to allow military courts to prosecute terror suspects over the next two years.

Pakistan has been fighting Islamic militancy for over a decade but took extraordinary measures after the Peshawar school attack.

After the attack, authorities also lifted a moratorium on executions, in place since 2008. While some militants have been executed, other convicts have as well.