Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shameless effort to chill attorney dissent over Pakistan's military courts

The establishment of Military Courts was a landmark event in Pakistan’s war against terrorism. But unfortunately, some selfish members of legal fraternity, foreseeing decline in their cases, challenged the legality of these courts in Supreme Court. In a historical verdict, the highest judicial forum of the country has dismissed all the petitions against Military Courts and now they are set to punish the worst enemies of Pakistan and its people. As this impediment was removed, COAS General Raheel Sharif has confirmed the death sentences of seven terrorists who were convicted by the Military Courts. However, a few lawyers and civil society members are still conducting negative propaganda against Military Courts for their vested interests. . . .

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The Military Courts are cornerstone of Pakistan’s legal victory on terrorists. Therefore, the negative propaganda against them must come to an end. We must strengthen our Security Forces by exhibiting strong resolve against terrorists on national level and National Action Plan is certainly a positive step in this direction. The hampering of its implementation by any means must be avoided as this will strengthen the hands of terrorists in deteriorating the law and order in the country. [Emphases added.]

From this op-ed by Iftikhar Hussain Jazib

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