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Survival in the jungle

What is common in social media activists being abducted and then attacked in absentia for being unpatriotic and anti-Islam and the government’s bull-headed belief that military courts are a great innovation that must be preserved? The message that Pakistan’s allegiance to rule of law and our right to liberty are …

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Court officials schooled on dealing with VAW cases

The Human Rights Ministry in collaboration with the Aurat Foundation conducted a two-day capacity building workshop for prosecutors and court officials in Islamabad. Held under the project ‘Devising and Putting Forth Women Centred Laws and Capacity Building of Prosecutors and Court Officials’, the workshop was attended by Human Rights Ministry …

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Rights activists for early, safe recovery of missing bloggers

The Pakistan Human Rights Defenders Network (PHRDN) has expressed serious concern over the shrinking space for human rights defenders and condemned the forced disappearances of at least five social media activists from different part of the country in the first week of January 2017. The network in a statement on …

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Hollow development

An innocent girl gets beaten up and burned in the home of a judge. A mother dies on the cold floor of a ward because no hospital is willing to give her a bed. Yet, we are told to believe that we are developing fast. The case of Tayyaba has …

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A trial for military courts

The two-year period of military courts, set up to try militants, ended last week amid serious concerns raised by the civil society about their establishment and functioning. Meanwhile, the federal government is also sending mixed signals for the continuity of these courts through a constitutional validation. A draft of the …

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Call for implementation of laws to strengthen institutions

Participants of a consultative workshop called for implementation of the laws, legislative oversight and participatory role of the civil society to strengthen institutions and ensure justice and accountability for all. The consultation on ‘sustainable development goals: peace, justice and strong institutions’, was organised on Thursday by the Pakistan Institute of …

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Swift justice

Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has stressed the need for rule of law in the country and dispensing swift justice to the litigants. He was addressing local lawyers at Sialkot District Bar Association (DBA) here on Tuesday. He said that a good working relationship between the bar and bench …

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The pace of justice

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The defining moment of Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali’s tenure was November 3, 2015, when he stood in the Senate of Pakistan –the first chief justice ever to do so – and proclaimed that there was nothing wrong with the justice system. This was a time when, after the 21st …

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Have your say: Judicial commission issues notice to the public

A judicial commission of the Sindh High Court (SHC) issued on Saturday a notice inviting people and public organisations acquainted with, affected by or concerned with the issue of non-supply of clean drinking water to the public and deteriorating sanitation conditions across the province, to submit their statements. The commission, …

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Parliament or Judiciary: who is the grand inquisitor?

Following the shocking result of the Brexit referendum in the UK, the Supreme Court of England and Wales recently heard an appeal concerning the lawfulness of the UK government’s intention to serve notice of its to leave the European Union under the powers of the Royal Prerogative, rather than through …

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