Taking into account the situation in which the army has been engaged in fighting militancy while the economic conditions are profusely deteriorating every day, the government remains unable to delineate any special policy regarding the faulty prosecution system to try militants, enabling hardcore criminals and terrorists to evade punishment and to pursue their nefarious agenda while the soldiers and innocent civilians face dire consequences in the form of a war that lingers unendingly.

Unlike the US, where the department of defense has created a special military commission, to effectively try individuals who have either attempted or carried out acts of terrorism, Pakistan has failed to develop any such mechanism for the prosecution of prisoners and convicts who have been caught red-handed by the security forces during acts of terrorism or during operations launched by the army.

Multiple court cases have been witnessed, during which various militants arrested for their alleged role in suicide bombings, have been acquitted due to lack of tangible evidence. For instance one of the most powerful Taliban commanders in Swat was released after being cleared of all charges against him due to lack of evidence. While the acquittal of another terrorist by the Anti-Terrorism Court in a case of planning and executing the deadly suicide attack at Marriott Hotel and the subsequent orders of their release by the LHC is a stark indicator of procedural anomaly of the Pakistani courts, as he later reorganized himself to perpetrate a deadly assault on Pakistan's Army General Headquarters

The fault here lies, not with the intentions of the people, but with the defective system, that fails to provide adequate security and protection to those who dare to stand against such hardened and influential criminals. In fact, the judges, lawyers and witnesses in such vital cases, are vulnerable as they stand against a threatening force without the state apparatus to back them up. Intimidated by threats of being targeted or appeased by heavy sums offered as bribe the verdicts of these cases is easily sway in favor of these militants who, by now fully comprehend the legal system, along with its multiple loophole that serve as windows of freedom to blatantly and fearlessly exercise their missions. The continued wave of suicide bombings, attacks scream for a need to redefine the role of judiciary in the current scenario in order to curb the menace so that tangible results can be achieved.


Peshawar, November 27.