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War criminals

On June 8, a United Nations court upheld the conviction of Bosnian Serb military chief and war criminal Ratko Mladi for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during…

Judging without law

“A judge trying to do justice by ignoring or disregarding the law does so at the peril of shaking the very foundation of the judicial system itself as such an…

Lawfare by Pakistan

Lawfare is defined as the theory and practice of the use of international law as an instrument to advance one's own interests. Orde Kittrie’s book on ‘Lawfare’ defines it as…

Anti-torture law

Pakistan became a signatory to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) in April 2008 and ratified it in June 2010 with…

Our flawed attitude

MUSLIMS throughout the world profess their faith through verbal declaration of the unity of God and the prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The message brought by the latter has become…

Bilawal’s choices

AS Pakistan commemorates former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s 13th death anniversary, the country remains hostage to a conflict that commenced with her father’s removal in a military coup in 1977.…

Pardoning war criminals

The US-led war on Iraq, which formally began in March 2003 but essentially started more than a decade earlier with frequent aerial bombing and oppressive economic sanctions, was greenlit by…

Criminal attack

December 30, 2020 was a sad day for the patriotic Pakistani Hindu community because a violent mob succeeded in attacking the Teri Temple and Samaadhi (Tomb) located at district Karak,…

Rape and the law

In a previous column (‘Reform the System’, Sep 18) on these pages, I had stated that severity of punishment alone does not stop criminals from committing sexual crimes; the real…

Rule of law as ‘blackmail’

Literature on the justice system in Pakistan states that litigants often use delay as a strategy in their court cases to impose costs on the opposing parties. Basically, rule of…