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Whose fault is it anyway?

Whether the lack of rule of law pushed the Pakistani state towards corruption or the latter ruined the former would likely end up as a chicken or egg debate. It is, though, common sense that rule of law provides a bedrock for good governance. Financial indiscipline or financial embezzlement is …

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Restructuring quotas for FATA

The constitution of 1973 has the provision for a special quota system through which “posts may be reserved for persons belonging to any class or area to secure their adequate representation in the service of Pakistan”. Domicile holders of FATA, due to the region’s poor standard of living, have access …

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‘There sits a judge above…’

Pakistan is a very enigmatic country. It is a land of opportunity for politicians too. Not only that, every Tom, Dick and Harry can easily get away by claiming political martyrdom. One can find dime a dozen born again democrats having basked under the protective wings of dictators, claiming a …

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Larger dimensions

In cosmic terms, wars, pettiness, struggles, as well as endeavours of humans on earth all seem trivial, insignificant and irrelevant. Life on earth often descends to depths of cruelty, fanaticism and brutality. Despite all the depravity and destruction, humans have, nevertheless, achieved spectacular progress in civilisation and knowledge. Human artistic, …

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United Nations Development Programme to help KP overcome uplift issues

As part of the ongoing partnership, the United Nations Deve­l­o­pment Programme (UNDP) and the Khyber Pakh­tun­khwa (KP) government have stressed the need to improve the rule of law, employment, youth engagement and economic development in order to achieve sustainable development in the region. The UNDP and the KP government agreed …

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Lawyers react on amendment to revise executive magistracy

Senior advocates, human right activists and leaders of major opposition parties have termed the government’s step to revise executive magistracy through the 29th Constitutional Amendment to be in contradiction with the basic structure of the constitution. They have vowed to resist the revision of the ‘colonial era’ governance model at …

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International obligations and Fata’s governance

Pakistan ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in 2010. The ICCPR entitles individuals for a fair trial, including the presumption of innocence, and safeguards from arbitrary detention and torture. The covenant makes states parties responsible for taking legislative, administrative and other appropriate measures to prevent human …

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Judicialisation of politics

“Political dirt should not be laundered in court,” observed the Chief Justice of Pakistan some days ago in a petition filed against Imran Khan by Hanif Abbasi. It was perhaps a reminder to all political groupings that they should not resolve their differences through the courts. To take recourse to …

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Supremacy of the constitution

Addressing the university students and faculty on the topic of issues in contemporary Pakistan recently at Islamabad, Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Mian Raza Rabbani observed that unfortunately, application of law is different for people belonging to different stratums of society. The powerful can buy justice for them and poor people …

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