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Child marriage and religious thought

Enactment and enforcement of legislation against child marriage has repeatedly run into resistance that claims religious authority. Overcoming this resistance will require a wider intellectual engagement with the foundations and…

Laws cannot be inhuman

When "law is blind" is taken literally, it spells trouble. Laws are supposed to be a set of rules made by a state for keeping the peace and security of…

Updating Christian Personal Law

Updating Christian personal law

In 2016 a Christian man, Ameen Masih, wanted to divorce his wife. However, much to his dismay he found out that he could not do so under the 1869 Divorce…

The marriage age debate

THE new debate over the minimum marriage age for girls has revealed a massive regression in our society’s social thinking and the implications are truly alarming. Ninety years ago, a…

Marriage and exit

IT is a fact universally known that the nikahnama, or marriage contract, is the most neglected aspect of the marriage to be. Due attention will be given to what everyone…

Law Reforms With The 18th Amendment

Law reforms with the 18th Amendment

The wellbeing of the people and the economy are dependent upon an efficient legal and justice system. Legal reforms are, therefore, inevitable in the existing substantive and procedural laws. All…

Implement the law

The annual report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) suggests that five presidential ordinances were promulgated, 51 laws were legislated by parliament and 81 laws were adopted by…

Law, politics and governance

“Tell me”, said former prime minister of Singapore Lee Kwan Yew during a meeting with this write, “why has Pakistan not realised its potential, despite having several advantages?” Before I…

The lawsuit

Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is a devastating blow to the environmental community, coming at a crucial juncture in the fight against climate change. As Rebecca Leber and Ben…

Two Laws But No Solution

Two laws but no solution

Rana Chandra Singh, chief of the Rajput clan, was probably the last prominent Sindhi leader belonging to the traditional, upper-caste Hindu elite. He was elected to the Hindu seat of…