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Military courts?

The Senate of Pakistan, the upper house of parliament, has endorsed a resolution asserting that the Supreme Court’s judgment on military courts encroaches upon the legislative prerogatives of parliament. The…

Military courts

Turkey has had civilian trials in military courts. Most of these trials were regarded as ‘fair’ and in accordance with ‘legal standards’. Civilian cases have been tried in military courts…

Establishment-e-Pakistan

A big thank you to my sister in Seattle for pointing out that Google translator translates ‘istehkam’ as ‘establishment’, but it’s unlikely that the English name for the newest political…

Everybody’ll want the establishment back

If you’ve followed Pakistani politics for two-and-a-half decades, especially as a journalist, you’ll understand that the present impasse, particularly in Punjab, is less about legality or constitutionality of discretionary powers…

Military aid to Israel

The Israelis are brutalizing protesters and bombing Gaza; the Hamas government of Gaza is firing rockets into Israel. As usual, Israel is deploying disproportionately more violence: 188 Gazans and 10…

Talking to the establishment

WEEKS after Nawaz Sharif launched his no-holds-barred attack on the army leadership holding the chief responsible for the current political crisis, his daughter signalled her party’s willingness to open a dialogue with the security…

Civil-military power matrix

SECURITY briefings for a newly elected prime minister may not be unprecedented, but the excitement over Imran Khan’s intensive parleys at GHQ and the ISI headquarters certainly are. Our hyper-animated…

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…

Courting the military

IT is time to bemoan the failure of our legal system yet again. Not because of the change at the Supreme Court but because the first extension given to the…

Banking On Military Justice

Banking on military justice

In 2015, when parliament passed the 21st Amendment that allowed constitutionally protected military courts to try terrorism suspects, many reluctant lawmakers offered their mea culpas. Indeed, how can one forget…