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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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Reforms, concrete steps urged for ensuring equality of citizenship

Rule of law and equality in all spheres of life require an important principle of same status of citizenship in society, analysts said on Thursday. Media has an effective role in promoting equal citizenship in society, they said. They were speaking at a media orientation dialogue titled “Charter of Demands: …

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A Question of Insanity

Schizophrenia is “not a permanent mental disorder, rather imbalance increasing or decreasing depending on the level of stress. It is a recoverable disease … which … does not fall within the definition of mental disorder,” was Supreme Court judge Anwer Zaheer Jamali’s ruling in the case of Imdad Ali, while …

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Dysfunctional justice

The case of Khadija Siddiqui is a stark reminder of Pakistan’s dysfunctional justice system that seeks to disempower the ordinary citizen, while failing to secure fundamental rights. A young woman was stabbed 23 times in broad daylight by a classmate yet was unable to prove her case, despite the attack …

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Young lawyers in crisis

This immortal and mesmerising verse from the legendary Pakistani intellectual and revolutionary poet, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, if purposely interpreted, primarily refers to a situation of utter despair and continuous struggle, in which a man finds himself when he leaves a place of comfort. It will not be an exaggeration to …

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Speaking truth to power

THE rule of law can defeat corruption, even when it stretches to the highest office in the land. This is the lesson that every country should remember, especially after one woman made a difference in Guatemala. Attorney General Thelma Aldana uncovered corrupt networks that were siphoning off huge sums involving …

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CSS no more attractive for educated youth

Quality youngsters are not appearing in the annual Central Superior Services (CSS) examinations for different reasons, keeping the pass percentage low over the years. In the just announced CSS results for the last examination held in early 2016, only 2.06 percent candidates finally qualified for appointment in grade 17 after …

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