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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…

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…

Against ‘liberal interpretation’

In the world of constitutional law, differences of interpretation make all the difference. Take, for instance, the issue of federal-provincial distribution of powers. What powers will the centre have and…

Taxing foreign rental income

Investment in foreign properties by a specific section of society in Pakistan has been a pretty common phenomenon, especially in countries like the UAE, UK and so on. Naturally, the…

Legal fiction, Section 7E & Constitution

The Elahi Cotton case (it is the most misunderstood and misapplied judgement) makes absolutely clear that any item to be taxed should rationally be capable of being considered as the…

Reverse-engineering the Supreme Court

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial is a good man faced with an impossible situation. No matter what he does, he is likely to be lambasted by one side or another.…

Understanding the Dua case [Part – II]

The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 unequivocally defines a child as someone under the age of 16 while provisions of Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 stipulate that children under the age…

Trapped by own lies

And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]-Al-Quran (2:42)  Heads of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) entangled in legal…

Budgets 2020 amid Covid-19 crisis—I

“If we were to construe Entry 52 of the Legislative List keeping in view the above meanings of the expression “in lieu of”, it becomes evident that the Legislature has…