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The challenge of make-believe

We live in a world of make-believe. All elements are there to present a wholesome picture but all are fake. There is a prime minister but everyone, including him, knows…

A landmark conviction

Spousal violence against women is a pressing issue in Pakistan, linked to a distressing array of mental, physical, emotional, and economic health challenges. According to estimates published by the WHO,…

Rewriting the constitution

The Supreme Court and other superior courts have the power to interpret the constitution. But there is a need for caution. A US chief justice, John Marshall, in his famous…

Sham elections

IN the bail petition of Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the ‘cipher case’, Justice Athar Minallah, through an order dated Dec 22, 2023, almost prophetically observed: “Discrimination or…

Ode to an opportunity missed

‘SATURDAY Night Massacre’ is a well-understood phrase in US political and judicial history. It refers to a Saturday when, at the height of the Watergate crisis, the then president Richard…

Legoland

Michael Dobbs is an author and British Conservative politician. Made a life peer, he got the title of Lord Dobbs of Wylye. As the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s chief…

To livestream or not?

The decision of the chief justice of Pakistan to livestream the hearing on the constitutionality of the SC Practice and Procedure Act, 2023 was greatly appreciated by me. I enjoyed…