Pakistan

Pakistan's Courts: A Counterterrorism Challenge

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The Pakistani military has been repeatedly accused of gross human rights violations, including detainee torture and extrajudicial killings, during its operations against militants in Pakistan. As the military faces funding cuts from the United States under the Leahy Amendment, the Pakistani government must examine the root cause of such transgressions: the lack of an alternative, efficient, and just means by which to ensure that suspected militants are permanently removed from the fighting arena. Huma Yusuf evaluates Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Act and anti-terrorism court infrastructure and concludes that current investigation practices and anti-terrorist legislation infringe on basic rights and deny terror suspects due process.