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Courts and historical wrongs

This March, the Supreme Court (SC) held in a reference filed by the president of Pakistan that the proceedings of the trial by the Lahore High Court, and of the…

Criminal silence over genocide

More than two million besieged people are facing the catastrophe of famine with barely any food trickling in. But the international community has failed to stop the worst genocide in…

Pakistan, Palestine and the World Court

Pakistan has an important opportunity to support Palestinian rights at the World Court and in doing so to advance key principles of international law that protect human rights globally. In…

What to do when the court calls

Political science, Political issues, Criminal complaint, Violence, Imran Khan, Lahore, PTI, FIRThe law-enforcement contingents sent to arrest PTI leader Imran Khan from his Lahore house had been told to withdraw…

Structured discretion, unstructured courts

The principle that “discretion must be structured” is a maxim often repeated by our Supreme Court. But that maxim appears not to apply to the chief justice of Pakistan. There…

Supreme Court’s Annual Report 2018-19

The purpose of annual reports published by the Supreme Court of Pakistan is to highlight its performance with respect to disposal of cases, efforts to improve the general system of…

VIP ‘criminals’

7 stars. C-Suite. Executive rooms. No, we are not talking about Royal Hyatt or Royal Crown hotels, we are talking about jail facilities for accused and convicts in Pakistan. The…

A case of criminal politicisation

For long, Pakistan has been faced with external challenges. But the challenge from within is a new phenomenon which has raised its head in a loathsome manner. If allowed to…