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Structured discretion, unstructured courts

The principle that “discretion must be structured” is a maxim often repeated by our Supreme Court. But that maxim appears not to apply to the chief justice of Pakistan. There…

Special courts and sexual violence

In the backdrop of the Lahore motorway rape case, President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi exercised his presidential powers under Clause (1) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the…

Revamp the criminal justice system

The inadequacies of the criminal justice system were witnessed in the recent past when a woman was molested in the vicinity of Minar-e-Pakistan. The police have arrested more than a…

When The Courts Let You Down

When the courts let you down

Justice Markandey Katju is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. Long before he retired in 2011, he had been known for both his outspoken views and his…

Extraordinary situation requires military courts

Military courts were established in 2015 during the Nawaz Sharif regime in the aftermath of Army Public School (APS) massacre of 140 people, mostly children. Military courts carry out swift…

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice

Our new chief justice is one of the best criminal law judges in Pakistan. He will confront a poor performance record within Pakistan’s criminal justice system. Pakistan was ranked in…

Courts And Panchayats

Courts and panchayats

The people of Pakistan often use courts and the legal system to inflict misery upon their ‘enemies’ – and upon themselves. They resolve most of their disputes out of court,…

No More Military Courts

No more military courts

Accprding to official sources, the government has decided to table a bill to extend the ‘exceptional’ use of military courts for another three years. Reportedly, the draft amendment would give…

Military Courts: A Mistake

Military courts: a mistake

On December 27, 2014, only 11 days after the APS attack in Peshawar, I wrote my weekly entry in this column under the title, ‘Military courts: a defence’. In the…