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After The Restoration

After the restoration

Now that we are recovering from the euphoria of restoration, it might be an opportune moment to dwell on the logical follow-up required to fix our constitutional structure and deformed…

Sheer Ignorance Of Law?

Sheer ignorance of law?

Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one") is a legal principle…

A Dangerous Slide

A dangerous slide

Although tensions between government and the judiciary have a long history in Pakistan, the recent slide in this relationship in its varying manifestations is a serious cause for concern. Back…

Fighting Corruption With Cellphones

Fighting corruption with cellphones

It is indeed fortunate that two major institutions in the country — the Punjab government and the judiciary — want to seriously fight corruption. Both institutions appear to rely mainly…

Rogue Government

Rogue government

Pakistan is in the grip of a rogue government that is hell-bent on inviting trouble by testing the limits of the law and patience of the judiciary. It is pushing…

The Judicial Non-crisis

The judicial non-crisis

THE great judiciary-executive ‘clash’ is proving to be damp squib. Hearings come, hearings go, the odd admonishment here, the occasional threat there, none of it adding up to much, the…

After The Tempest

After the tempest

Zulfikar Mirza’s press conference challenged the PPP leadership’s overtures towards the MQM, claimed to unveil the latter’s role as the sole perpetrator of violence in Karachi and solicited the support…

Self-defeating Exercises

Self-defeating exercises

Influential intermediaries have succeeded in easing the confrontation between the executive and the judiciary that the president’s utterly inept advisers had created. But the debate on the procedure for the…