September 11th, 2013
09:29 AM ET

Mobile justice comes to Pakistan

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The Americans and their international allies haven’t been able to defeat the Taliban with armored vehicles. So are we to believe that the Pakistanis can deal a death blow to the Taliban with a bus?

Well, that's the hope. How? This isn't just a bus. If you step inside, you'll see it's a mobile courtroom, meant to help with the huge backlog of cases in Pakistan's legal system. That huge delay in cases being heard has brought great frustration with the government. And in the northwest of Pakistan, that often means turning to the Taliban to judge disputes.

The idea here is that the bus and its express route to justice will marginalize the Taliban and build up confidence in the democratic government.

Next stop might be Kabul. That’s not the plan, but it might be a good idea. The Afghan capital is less than 200 miles away from Peshawar where the bus currently is, and Afghanistan could surely use some help against the Taliban as well.

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  1. rightospeak

    I worry much more about the lack of justice in the US. The corporations have taken over the government and are driving the US to ruin in endless wars.

    September 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  2. j. von hettlingen

    It's surprising that this bus hasn't been ambushed by the Taliban, who stick to the Sharia law.
    This system of "mobile court" seems to work in Pakistan, which has its own national judiciary. So why should this bus travel to Kabul, Afghanistan, which is its own legal system?
    Yet with Sharia law practised both in Afghanistan and Pakistan cross-border judiciary might be possible. But is it what Fareed wants?

    September 13, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Blake

      Although Fareed has, in a few cases, provided very interesting and thoughtful analysis, most of his stuff is embarrassingly biased. Even in opinion articles, he should be focusing on insightful objective analysis. And that he does horribly.

      September 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  3. Ian Marshall

    The lucid part of the world is tired of seeing Muslim inspired problems all over the world, there is no need to enumerate these, but includes acid attacks in Zanzibar. Muslims are only outraged when it is perceived someone has "insulted" Islam, but their silence is deafening when Muslims do atrocious things to humanity, as many hings, including slavery is in the Quran.

    September 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Reply

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