ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s English daily opposed the establishment of military courts in Pakistan as they are not compatible with a constitutional democracy, PakistanTribe analysed.
The editorial states that “Pakistan should not have military courts, not in the expanded form envisioned by the military and political leadership of the country, not to try civilians on terrorism charges and not even for a limited period of time.
As in APC it was proposed by some parties that Pakistan should establish military courts but for the limited time period. Some parties strongly favored for establishment as it was, to them, the need of time.
Prime Minister said that Pakistan is passing through the abnormal circumstances and abnormal decisions are taken to overcome the situation.
The editorial declared it as ‘Wrong Decision’ and stated that “Whatever the thinking of the political leadership that has brought the country to the verge of amending the Constitution and sundry laws to allow military courts to try terrorism suspects, it was unquestionably wrong.”
It further stated that “When a new system of so-called justice requires overriding constitutionally guaranteed rights and the independence of the judiciary, surely that is no solution — even to terrorism and militancy.”
It indicated the futuristic effect and said that “There is a further problem, one mostly left unsaid: military courts are a populist move, meant to show a frightened public that the state can still be relied on to keep the peace and secure the nation.Such populism often only begets more populism, leading to more deviations from the democratic path until there is no democracy left, not even in name.”
The editorial talking in opposition of military courts left a free question in the end that ” Does not a democratic system exist to strengthen and buttress the democratic system? ” Military courts are certainly not the answer.
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