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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…

A humanitarian crisis

When the Americans were leaving Afghanistan in August 2021, two kinds of immediate crises were being predicted by everyone who was even remotely connected to Afghanistan. One, there was clear…

Afghanistan’s humanitarian disaster

AFGHANISTAN’s humanitarian crisis is about to deepen. It is not only about food scarcity and the looming harsh winter that are coinciding with the continuing systemic violence. The consequences of the lack…

Afghan refugees: what does the law say?

If this happens, Pakistan will face the biggest brunt of it as before. The federal interior minister has made a statement that Pakistan will not open up its borders to…

Lawfare by Pakistan

Lawfare is defined as the theory and practice of the use of international law as an instrument to advance one's own interests. Orde Kittrie’s book on ‘Lawfare’ defines it as…

Our flawed attitude

MUSLIMS throughout the world profess their faith through verbal declaration of the unity of God and the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The message brought by the latter has become…

Post-9/11: Unilateralism V International Law

Post-9/11: unilateralism v international law

Post-9/11, the world is witnessing increasing violations of international law, especially International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in conflict situations, specifically where powerful states are involved,…

The End Of Humanitarianism?

The end of humanitarianism?

The last century has seen the emergence of several humanitarian norms and laws that were arduous, even frustrating, to implement and often ignored by governments, but which were the result…

Inclusive humanitarian work

THE underlying ethos behind humanitarian work is embedded in dignity, inclusion and equality. In the discourse pertaining to development, the word ‘inclusion’ is gaining traction, particularly in the Global South.…