Daily Pakistan reports that the sun may not set after all on the country's use of military courts to try civilian defendants -- although the structural arrangements may change. The 21st Amendment expires on January 7, 2017, but the end-state may not look all that different:
A draft bill has been prepared by merging Protection of Pakistan Law and the Anti-Terrorism Act. Under the new bill military courts will permanently hear the cases of anti-terrorism, local media reported.
Sources said that new law will be presented in the parliament after getting approval from the Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. The new law would propose detainment* of accused persons for 90 days.
It is important to mention here that around 300 cases were sent to the military courts out of which 120 are under trial.* Editorial pet peeve note (applicable to too many news articles in English): the word is "detention," not "detainment." This error has even made its way into The New York Times. Here endeth the rant. [Footnote added.]