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Military ‘justice’

LAST month, the Peshawar High Court set aside the convictions of over 70 people who were tried by military courts on various terrorism-related charges. The court ordered their release after…

Justice denied

FOR the lack of as little as Rs30,000, an accused can become a convicted terrorist. Like many others, Muhammad Azam was a victim of the same menace: one greedy station…

Boycotting justice?

ON March 28,, lawyers surrounded the entrances of the Sindh High Court in Karachi as well as those of subordinate courts, restricting the public’s and other lawyers’ access. The protest…

Victims Of The Justice System?

Victims of the justice system?

In his inaugural address as chief justice, Honourable Asif Saeed Khosa outlined his agenda for improving the workings of our justice system. Given his unparalleled jurisprudential contribution to Pakistan’s criminal…

Between Livelihood And Justice

Between livelihood and justice

What’s more important: rozi (livelihood) or justice? Rozi is all important, certainly more important than abstract and elusive concepts like justice. In some cases, your rozi may be tied to…

Perjury perverts justice

In South Asia we are quick to blame law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and the judicial system for the lack of justice in our courts. However, we have done practically nothing…

Ghosn arrest puts Japan’s justice system in the dock

The shock arrest of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has thrown the international spotlight onto Japan's criminal justice system, where suspects face prolonged detention and interrogation without lawyers present. Rights…

A question of justice

When Georges Clemenceau claimed that, “military justice is to justice what military music is to music,” he was being unfair to military music. We legitimised military justice through the 21st…

Juvenile Injustice

Juvenile injustice

In his teenage years, Muhammad Azam committed an offence for which he had to pay a heavy price. In 1999, he was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court. What’s…

Towards Inclusive Justice

Towards inclusive justice

Justice is not only about having an eloborate book of law to define individual and collective obligations, and duties and rights as citizens of a state. Justice is more about…