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THIS refers to the news item ‘Multi-billion- rupee mangrove forest land grab: the sequel’ (Dec 28). The proposed military courts should begin by trying criminals involved. During the early years of Ayub Khan’s martial law smugglers faced the death penalty and many civilians were given long-term imprisonment and were whipped, sometimes for traffic violations also.

S.L.
Karachi
Printed in DAWN, January 7, 2015

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