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Digital policy

IN a recent address, caretaker Minister for IT and Telecom, Umar Saif, spoke about payment gateways for freelancers to receive payments at ease in Pakistan. He spoke of a communication…

The assent shall be deemed

The president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has posted on X (erstwhile Twitter) that he did not sign the Official Secrets Amendment Bill 2023 and the Pakistan Army Amendment…

Jurisprudential void

JUDGES in Pakistan’s constitutional courts are not referred to as ‘textualists’ or ‘purposivists’ or ‘living constitutionalists’ or even ‘common-good constitutionalists’. These characterisations are immaterial. The judges, in our context, are…

Democracy and dissent

Democracy can be a tricky term to explain in a political structure like the one that endures in Pakistan. Defining it can be as facile and effortless as Abraham Lincoln…

Transgender rights are human rights

Fiddling with the words of Virginia Woolf, I take the liberty to reiterate that the history of people’s resistance to trans people’s emancipation is more interesting than the story of…

Uphold the people’s congress system

• Practice the whole-process people’s democracy (—Seventh part of the “China in the past decade” series) Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping…

Politics is local

WE start with a simple truth: that government becomes more trustworthy, the closer it is to the people. This is because all politics is local. Whatever the press may dub…

Women’s view

WE have welcome news on the women’s front. A female judge is expected to break fresh ground. Justice Ayesha Malik, a judge of the Lahore High Court, has been nominated by the…

VIP ‘criminals’

7 stars. C-Suite. Executive rooms. No, we are not talking about Royal Hyatt or Royal Crown hotels, we are talking about jail facilities for accused and convicts in Pakistan. The…

More than law

The Pandora Papers come as Kenya is engaged in a discussion about wealth declaration laws prompted by the government’s public outing of the riches belonging to Kenyatta’s deputy, William Ruto…