Special courts, speedy trials

Prime Minister has formulated a committee to implement much awaited, ‘National Action Plan’ to deal with the monster of terrorism. NAP is the output of more or less all of the political parties.

During the sittings of all parties conferences, politicians endorsed the idea of setting up special courts to be headed by the military officials. Most of the parties were agreed with the idea without any hesitation or disapproval, whilst others took their time to show their approval. Although some apprehensions were expressed about the possible misuse of the special courts under military, against political workers, but assurances were provided that the law would not be used to settle personal vendetta.

Some voices were raised to put constraints of time frame on the special courts, which was not given much emphasis because everyone knew that military courts would come with a time frame. Leaders of various political parties whilst talking to media have expressed importance of speedy justice to deal with special cases. It is indeed the time of urgency. Had the Parliamentarians removed the flaws in the dispensation of justice, there would have been no point of setting up military courts in the first place. It is not a positive sign in the long run. In democracy , government must not neglect the job of empowering judges for the freedom of judiciary instead our politicians must be asking themselves whether they have fulfilled their responsibility .

Few elements are raising voices against the law but considering the current scenario, any argument against special courts is hard to digest. If the normal judiciary system is not up to mark, what alternatives are left? It is generally believed that failure of civilian government to deliver is the main reason behind the formation of such courts.

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