Thursday, November 1, 2018

Why wait for the decision?

Iqbal Khan has written this op-ed concerning the Peshawar High Court's decision overturning 74 military court convictions. Some of his points are well-taken, such as why, after several years, Pakistan's government has still not improved its civilian criminal courts, whose deficiencies were the reason for allowing military courts to try civilians in the first place. Some of his other points are obviously questionable, such as blaming defense counsel for doing their job or faulting the High Court for focusing on "technicalities." One also wonders how anyone can write about the decision if, as he indicates, the court's actual full opinion has not even become public.

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