Ju­di­ciary and sovereignty

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The Supreme Court seems get­ting very ac­tive now a day as it goes to Quetta, Karachi and some­time sum­mons of­fi­cials to the SC head­quar­ters in a bid to get the other in­sti­tu­tions of the state to do more to sta­bilise trou­ble spots and pro­tect the pub­lic. Though sev­eral at­tempts have been made to make apex court con­tro­ver­sial but de­spite odds the court has helped put pub­lic agenda on fore­front which oth­er­wise are of­ten put in the dust­bin by the au­thor­i­ties. For ex­am­ple, tak­ing notice of mur­ders and what some say in­sur­gency in Balochis­tan amid pro­vin­cial and fed­eral govt’s slow re­sponse and un­end­ing vi­o­lence in Karachi de­spite the fact that main po­lit­i­cal play­ers in the city are run­ning gov­ern­ment to­gether and most re­cent ex­am­ple of huge re­lief to gen­eral pub­lic was re­duc­tion of CNG prices. But the lim­i­ta­tions of the ju­di­ciary are be­com­ing ap­par­ent. It’s true, the ju­di­ciary was not de­signed for in­ter­ven­tions on the se­cu­rity front but the main prob­lem lies in the in­com­pe­tency of po­lit­i­cal gov­ern­ment, the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment which has des­per­ately failed to do its job of ef­fec­tively coun­ter­ing se­cu­rity threats be­sides fa­cil­i­tat­ing and pro­tect­ing the pub­lic from cor­rup­tion, ter­ror­ism and many other woes. Cur­rently the coun­try is mired by mil­i­tancy, in­sur­gency as years have turned into a decade but se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment fails to find in­ter­nal sta­bil­ity due to its ad hoc ap­proach to the dis­parate prob­lems.

When vi­o­lence flares at one place, ur­gent meet­ings are held be­tween po­lit­i­cal heads to cool down the prob­lem and sus­pects are tem­po­rar­ily held and then af­ter a short while the same cy­cle of vi­o­lence and counter-vi­o­lence be­gins again. A through, co­her­ent, long-term pol­icy is miss­ing. In Balochis­tan bold po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts be­tween the war­ring sep­a­ratists and the se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment can work won­der. In Karachi, Tribal Ar­eas in­clud­ing KP, the co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the var­i­ous arms of the se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus is very un­sat­is­fac­tory, more­over the ju­di­cial frame­work in these ar­eas is also in­ad­e­quate to deal with ter­ror­ism and mil­i­tancy and a mean­ing­ful counter-ex­trem­ism strat­egy has yet to be dis­cussed. In such a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, coun­try’s var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing apex ju­di­ciary and dif­fer­ent arms of the state to re­visit strat­egy to be­have more re­spon­si­bly.

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