The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued a press release Tuesday, which condemned the recent legislation passed by Pakistan’s Parliament that allows civilians to be tried by military tribunals. The 1973 Constitution and the Army Act was amended by the legislature to permit military courts to hear cases against civilians who are associated with “a terrorist group or organization using the name of religion or a sect” that carries out violence and terrorism. The ICJ says this amendment came to pass due to a December Taliban attack in Peshawar that killed 146 people, most of whom were children. However, the ICJ firmly asserts that “[m]ilitarizing the judicial process will not lead to justice and it will not control terrorism,” and that this amendment must be rolled back.
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