Military Courts


Salahuddin Bhutto

Establishment of military courts has questioned the efficiency of civilian judicial system of Pakistan. Creating a parallel judicial system will certainly affect performance of existing courts. The establishment of military courts has signalled weak functioning and slow processing of civilian courts. At the same time it can also be assumed that governance in the country is poor and government is helpless to bring judicial reforms thus military courts are established again and again. There is no secret that Pakistani civilian courts have themselves been target of terror just few months prior to APS Peshawar attack. Establishment of military courts was supposed to be solution of this all and it was said that quick punishment and execution of terrorists by these courts will not let tragedies like APS attack and attack on Islamabad district courts happen again. Undoubtedly, military courts performed well in terms of execution of many hardcore terrorists but what about fear of military courts to terrorist? Recent wave of terrorism in which more than 150 innocent people including forces personnel were killed in a series of attacks witnessed that establishment of such courts could not terrorise terrorists.
The present scenario of Pakistan has proved that neither military courts not democratic leaders have capability to eliminate terror from Pakistani society. Even if they have capability they are unwilling to stabilize conditions of country. There is need to empower civilian judicial system of Pakistan so that a common people can also get quick justice from courts. Common people will not contribute in strengthening of democracy unless they get justice, with pure and true democracy institutions will be strong and governance will be improved which is true defeat of extremism and terrorism in the country.