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Judicial problems

Pakistan was born with inherent challenges. The three significant administrative institutions that Pakistan inherited were uninvolved in the movement towards independence; they were not only kept separate from politics but…

Judicial appointments

While celebrating the appointment of the first woman judge in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, we need to address the valid concerns regarding transparency and merit in judicial appointments to…

Judicialisation as politics

LAST week, pre-demolition work on Karachi’s ill-fated Nasla Tower began on the orders of the Supreme Court. The entire process stands expedited under heightened judicial scrutiny. There is, apparently, little regard for…

Defining judicial misconduct

SINCE the presidential references filed against Justice Faez Isa and Justice Karim Agha earlier this year, the process of judicial accountability in Pakistan is once again in the spotlight. A…

Judicial Repair

Judicial repair

In his first few months in office, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has repeatedly highlighted the need to reform the judicial process. Most recently, he has called for the appointment…

Secret Judicial Accountability

Secret judicial accountability

As the Supreme Court is presently seized of the Panama leaks’ issue, often portrayed as the ‘greatest example of corruption’ and raised to a level akin to a ‘national security…

Judicial Accountability

Judicial accountability

“The real threats to independence of judiciary are from within — stemming from the personality of the judge himself”. — Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. AN interesting aspect of media and political…

Outcome of judicial activism

The PPP chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in his first public speech, underlined the exercise of judicial activism by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and objected to the court’s performance. He…

A people-centric judiciary

The legacy of colonialism casts a long shadow over many aspects of life in former colonies, not least of which is the judicial system. Inherited from a time and ideology…

Invest in ADR

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a valuable legal framework for settling disputes out of court and is crucial for resolving trade disputes and increasing foreign investment. This system of dispute…