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Elements Of International Trade Law

Elements of international trade law

International trade law is a complicated subject as it involves transnational transactions; it derives its sources from customary international law, international conventions, bilateral treaties, and multilateral treaties. These instruments of…

Judiciary And Tolerance

Judiciary and tolerance

Chief Justice Tassaduq Jillani implored recently that, “we have to protect the constitutional values of democracy, or religious tolerance, of human dignity and providing inexpensive and expeditious justice.” Who can…

Bigotry In The Name Of God

Bigotry in the name of God

The chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Muhammad Khan Sheerani, has stated that prohibition of child marriage under the Muslim Family Law Ordinance is un-Islamic. He argued that…

Is The Chicken Halal?

Is the chicken halal?

Why on earth does the urban and semi-urban Pakistani middle class – affluent or not-so-affluent and hailing largely from north-central Punjab or Karachi – present a unique blend of hypocrisy…

Power: Hard, Soft And Smart

Power: hard, soft and smart

Power is nothing more than the ability to get others to do what you want. For doing that you require tools of coercion or payment, or ‘hard power’, and tools…

The Indian Left

The Indian Left

The Communist-led Left is one of the few currents in Indian politics that is committed to the emancipation of the poor, and is relatively untainted by corruption. It has played…

Naya Pakistan: Building A Pakistani Nation

Naya Pakistan: Building a Pakistani nation

Over sixty five years after Pakistan came into being, we are a state with a fading sense of the nationhood that inspired the Muslims of the subcontinent to rally behind…

Questioning Ideology

Questioning ideology

There is renewed interest in questions of Islamic ideology and the ideology of Pakistan following the implementation of the concepts of ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’ as per ROW (returning officers’ wisdom).…

In Search Of True Representation

In search of true representation

On June 8, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgement in the case of Workers' Party Pakistan through Akhtar Hussain, Advocate, General Secretary and 6 others v Federation…

The Imperative Of Subversion

The imperative of subversion

The passing of the so-called ‘Fair Trial’ Bill in the National Assembly this past week should have raised eyebrows. Notwithstanding its name, the legislation will empower state agencies to intercept…