The Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa issued death sentences of 10 militants on Monday. This included Mohammad Asim and Mohammad Ishaq, who were found guilty for the assassination of Amjad Sabri.

The 45 year old Sufi singer and qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri, was shot dead by motorcycle-borne gunmen in central Karachi on June 22, 2016, triggering an outpouring of grief and condemnation nationwide.

Amjad Sabri
Military courts in action

The military courts, which came in action after Taliban attack on APS Peshawar in 2014, allow trials for civilians on terrorism charges. Regardless of the wide criticism of the procedures, one must admit the fact that they have served justice to Amjad Sabri’s family, and countless others. This is not a point of finding flaws in establishment of military courts. Instead it is to be critical of our own judicial system, which has failed to provide justice to many. Military courts are not depiction of security crises in the state. They are the result of judicial and political  failure in the country.


Justice served but a little late

The great Qawaal was murdered in 2016. It took almost two years to put the killers on death row. Although justice has been served, it shows slow processes in the courts. Regardless of the fact that military courts are meant to be active and fast in case rulings. If a case of such public attention can take almost two years to seek justice while being in military courts, then what could one expect from judicial court, we can’t pin up much hopes for the regular judiciary system.


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