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Resentment against Minorities Protection Bill unfounded

Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL) Chairman Sajid Ishaq, expressed serious concern over the resentment being shown by the Islamic religious-political parties and some Muslim religious scholars towards a legislation recently passed by the Sindh Assembly to prevent forced conversions, particularly of young girls from non-Muslim minority communities. The Sindh Assembly on …

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Parliamentary accountability

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the first time in the history of Pakistan has decided to scrutinise the assets/liabilities/income/expenditure declarations of lawmakers. The ECP took this decision on November 28, 2016 and decided to reactivate its Political Finance Wing for this purpose. Many quarters are, however, skeptical as …

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Sindh Assembly adopts bill against forced religious conversions

The Sindh Assembly on Thursday adopted a bill against forceful religious conversions. The bill recommends a five year punishment for perpetrators, whereas facilitators of forceful religious conversions will be handed a three year sentence. The Sindh Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, 2015, was proposed by the PML-F’s Nand Kumar …

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Rule of law urged for peace in society

TOBA TEK SINGH/-FAISALABAD-Despite the fact that the Supreme Court alone disposes of 25,000 annually, litigation never ceased and continues to pour in courts, with even more frequency. “It clearly manifests the law violations or perhaps our reluctance to deal with matters properly.” Former Supreme Court judge Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman …

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Fragile rule of law

A country of laws without rule of law

IT has been pointed out that there are four universal principles that govern the concept of the rule of law. First, the governments and those representing it as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law. Second, the laws are clear, “stable and just, are applied evenly, …

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Year of judicial accountability

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CHIEF Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has declared the year 2015-2016 as the year of judicial accountability. Judicial independence has long been a flashpoint in Pakistan, as illustrated by the movement nearly a decade ago to reinstate the unlawfully deposed former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. However, accountability has largely been absent …

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The rule of law

Rule of Law

Indeed, the role of the rule of law in a civilized and democratic society is a known fact. But the question is: Is our Pakistani society really free, civilized and democratic? If so, then, what in the country is happening with the rule of law?

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