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Special courts to handle terrorism

Pakistan's prime minister announced Thursday the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre.

Nawaz Sharif spoke in a nationally televised address after a marathon meeting with all political parties and the country's military leadership to hash out new counterterrorism policies.

"The Peshawar attack has shocked the nation. We will not let the blood of our children go in vain," said Sharif.

The military has stepped up operations in the tribal areas, and the government has reinstated the death penalty. Already six people have been executed. - AP