Saturday, September 19, 2015

The short chiefship of Chief Justice Khawaja

Chief Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja
There's nothing funny about Pakistan's military courts, but satire has surfaced. A humorous piece in the monthly Herald on the 24-day [!] tenure of the new chief justice, Jawwad S. Khawaja, includes this snippet:
Let it also be known here that I did not rule in favour of military courts, as established by the 21st amendment. A military judge is no judge at all; the law requires gavels not guns. How would the esteemed military feel if barristers were made Corps Commanders?

All this doctrine of necessity cum expediency cum laude cum sofa and bed, and all this de jure de facto de Villiers. I declare it all ultra vires to the Constitution.

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