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Judicial Recusal

Judicial recusal

The other day an Hon'ble Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in some case made a statement to the effect: "Instead of recusing myself from the bench, I would…

Judicial Accountability

Judicial accountability

That the honourable judges of the Supreme Court continue to bask in their post-2007 independence was evident at the International Judicial Conference held in Islamabad earlier this month. What was…

Challenge Of Wasteful Passions

Challenge of wasteful passions

James Stewart thought that he was successful if he played the part and the acting didn’t show. Well, there was precious little on view except acting during Nawaz Sharif’s Washington…

District judiciary

The district judiciary is the backbone of the national judiciary, and deals with the legal disputes of the people at the grassroots level. However, to strengthen our justice system, the…

The morning after

For the second time, it seems, the powers-that-be have not been able to handle ‘Project Imran’. And this will have consequences in Pakistan’s vacillating experience with democracy and the principles…

Benazir and the Black Swan

When a black swan event hits the world, people often recall it in two ways. One is a public record that is pieced together to become what we call history.…

Legacy of courage

On October 23, 2011, Begum Nusrat Bhutto’s death marked the end of an era in Pakistani politics, leaving a void that was deeply felt by the Bhutto family, political parties,…

Caged justice and numbed brains

“Out of the huts of history’s shame, I rise./ Up from the past that’s rooted in pain, I rise./ I am a black ocean, leaping and wide,/ Welling and swelling…

Dissent in chains

Since his arrest in November 2021 on false and politically motivated charges, Khurram Parvez – a prominent Kashmiri human rights activist – has garnered unwavering support from the international community.…

A cloud of inevitability

“To Bedlam with him!/ Is the man grown mad?” —Shakespeare. The pace at which conditions are deteriorating in the country is pregnant with an unmistakable streak of inevitability, yet no…