Judiciary and sovereignty
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.