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State of lawlessness

As we can all see and read frequently in both mainstream and social media, a new wave of crime is sweeping across the nation. This is perhaps most visible in…

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…

Law and the refugee

Pakistan has been home to nearly 3.8 million Afghans since Pakistan first started admitting Afghan refugees after the beginning of the Soviet-Afghan war in 1979. The most recent influx of…

Rejecting the law of the jungle

The humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding in Gaza with a strange sense of impunity lends credence to the belief of those who assert that justice means protecting the interests of…

How can the law help domestic workers?

Slogans of banning child domestic workers are making headlines once again in public seminars and media, gaining attention of the wider civil society due to two ghastly incidents recently. Rizwana,…

Women and the law

The Islington Crime Surveys conducted in the 1980s by UK-based criminologists found that 73 per cent of women were concerned about going out alone at night, and 68 per cent…

A tragic flaw

The wise have always advocated moderation in every task one may undertake and every plan one may envisage. The problem, if any, is not as much as in what one…

Does parliament need a contempt law?

The recent Contempt of Parliament Bill, 2023 has rightly raised eyebrows, and is being seen as flawed and conceived by parliamentarians unaware of their existing powers. In times where parliament…

How to escape the long arm of the law

The message from Zaman Park, Lahore is loud and clear: Imran Khan is a popular leader and thus needs ‘special treatment’. The courts should wait for hours if he has…

The man behind our sedition law

“Power precedes liberty – …liberty, from the very nature of things, is dependent upon power….” Thus wrote the English lawyer, judge, writer and philosopher, James Fitzjames Stephen in his book…