Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pakistan's nameless military court judges

The Nation has this report on a Pakistani government submission to the Senate concerning the nation's new military courts:
The federal government yesterday declined to disclose the identity, education and experience of the judges of the military courts before the Upper House of the Parliament on the pretext of their security and safety. 
The government only informed that presently 10 military courts were functional throughout the country and the establishment of 11th military court was under process.PTI Senator Azam Khan Sawti had asked the Ministry of Defence about the names, educational qualification and experience of the judges appointed in those courts. 
These military courts were established as a result of the 21st Constitutional Amendment to try jet-black terrorists. 
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif through his written reply said, “Keeping in view the safety and the security of the courts, the names and the related information about the judges appointed in the military courts may not be disclosed. This provision exists in the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 which has already been passed by the Senate on August 11, 2015”. 

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