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A new constitutional window

The Supreme Court in its lifetime disqualification judgment has not only decided the constitutional questions relating to Article 62(1)(f) of the constitution regarding the disqualification period but also admitted the…

Navigating deep malaise

Why is corruption so pervasive in Pakistan? Why do civil institutions consistently fail to deliver? Why is there a lack of accountability and action against civil institutions and the bureaucracy,…

Oil price hike

Petroleum prices have been increased; petrol is costing Rs 305.34 per Liter and diesel Rs 311.84. It is an increase of 5.17 percent in the price of petrol and 6.48…

Murder, not honour

Pakistan has been grappling with the issue of gender-related killings on the pretext of ‘honour’ for years. Only recently, a man took his finance’s life on the pretext of ‘honour’…

IMF, Constitution & tax codes

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday urged Pakistan to follow the Constitution in order to resolve its political disputes, as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif contacted Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva…

How does a sexual violence trial work?

The Ministry of Law and Justice has recently notified the Anti-Rape (Trial Procedure) Rules 2022 under the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Act 2021. A trial starts once the police submit…

Constitution and right to privacy

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Others v President of Pakistan and Others (1998 PLD SC 388), examined the validity of telephone tapping and eavesdropping in…

The 90-day debate

Many eminent lawyers have expressed the view that any delay in provincial elections beyond 90 days from the dissolution of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies would constitute a violation…

The man behind our sedition law

“Power precedes liberty – …liberty, from the very nature of things, is dependent upon power….” Thus wrote the English lawyer, judge, writer and philosopher, James Fitzjames Stephen in his book…

Redressal for sexual violence survivors

The conviction rate in cases of sexual violence increased from three per cent to 16 per cent during 2022-2023. Data suggests that the reporting rate has also increased. About 12…