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Transparency matters

On December 29, barely a week after calling for proposals for reforming judicial appointments and shortlisting eight significant areas on which proposals were sought from additional persons, the Judicial Commission…

How to appoint a judge to the SC

If you wander far enough into Shenandoah Valley, you might find yourself in an orchard brimming with plum trees, their bare branches twisting and writhing in odd angles. These aberrant…

It’s a biased world

Gender bias is a pervasive problem worldwide and Pakistan is no exception. Gender biased social norms can be defined as ‘the undervaluation of women’s capabilities and rights in society.’ This…

How to appoint a judge

Once general elections are held in the country, Pakistan needs to focus on a number of economic and political reforms. It might be worthwhile to streamline the seemingly lop-sided process…

China and the new Middle East: Part – I

Due to its growing role in the Middle East, China is emerging as “an economic heavyweight…a diplomatic lightweight and…a military featherweight” in the region (RAND Corporation). There is no doubt…

Judicial imperialism: Threat to democracy

When honourable judges, while claiming to enforce the constitution, render verdicts that cannot plausibly be related to the constitution the result is judicial imperialism posing a serious threat to the…

The 19th Amendment

The 19 Amendment to the constitution of Pakistan was passed in December 2010; it reformed the procedure for judicial appointments and also expanded the federally administered tribal areas (FATA). Understanding…

Climate, world order and Pakistan – Part II

By 2050 Pakistan will have at least 350 million people. Its military and elite dominated political paradigm, neo-feudal attitudes, budgetary priorities, economic strategies, and raging climate heat make it impossible…

Judging the process

The constitution entrusts the judiciary with the onerous and sacred duty of enforcing the constitution, which includes the fundamental rights enshrined therein. These rights are a citizen’s security against highhandedness…

Each to their own role

Separation of powers is an established doctrine of constitutional law that assures balance and harmony in governance, by empowering all three branches/organs of government – the executive, legislature, and the…