Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Preparing for sunset

On August 3, the United States Institute of Peace published An Appraisal of Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Act by Parvez Tariq and Mehwish Rani, offering a variety of thoughtful suggestions for reforming the country's existing civilian anti-terrorism courts. The subject is important and urgent because it was, in large measure, the ineffectiveness of these courts that led to adoption of the 21st Amendment, authorizing military courts to try civilians. We are now a little more than 16 months from the scheduled sunset date for the 21st Amendment. Even if Pakistan started work today on fixing the ATCs, is there enough time?

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