Here is an excerpt from the latest report out of Pakistan:
According to Lieutenant General Talat Masood, a senior defence analyst, the military wants an extension in the special courts for valid reasons because the government failed to bring judicial reforms in the last two years.
According to him, a one-year extension should be given to the military courts and at the same time the government should also make legislation to strengthen the judicial system – providing protection to the prosecution and witnesses.
He said “military courts were established because of the loopholes in our judicial system that is unable to punish hardcore terrorists,” adding the government needed to undertake measures to strengthen the judicial system. “Once a strong judicial system with protection to prosecution and witnesses is in place, reliance on military courts would come to a natural end,” he added.