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Poor Picture Of Health

Poor picture of health

Recent months have seen the deaths of some 300 children in Sindh, due to measles which is both preventable and treatable. No heads have rolled, however, and no sign of…

The Age Of Judges

The age of judges

The 114th Constitution Amendment Bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha (the Indian parliament). The bill seeks to enhance the retirement age of judges, proposing that the retirement age…

Discouraging FDI

Discouraging FDI

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vital for the health of any economy. For Pakistan's developing economy, considered by foreign investors as a high risk one, FDI is critical due to…

Beyond Reform?

Beyond reform?

Since the start of World Bank funded Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP), FBR has been making tall claims about its automation efforts. All the chairmen of FBR, who headed the…

Is Parliament Sovereign?

Is parliament sovereign?

In the current political crisis the prime minister routinely refers to the parliament as ‘sovereign’ to assure his nervous party men that in the argument over jurisdiction, parliament’s will must…

Arbiters Of Public Importance

Arbiters of public importance

When the robe starts to wield the pen like a scalpel and the gavel like a sledgehammer, why bother debating the minutiae of jurisdiction, fundamental rights and what constitutes public…

Judicial Review Of Fiscal Laws

Judicial review of fiscal laws

Judicial review is the means by which the Superior Courts of a country exercise a supervisory jurisdiction over inferior courts, tribunals or other public bodies. It is a specialised remedy…

The Hawks And The Offer

The hawks and the offer

Should the government talk to the Taliban, or should it not? That is the question. The answer from the hawks would be a resounding no. They would argue that the…