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The Bilawal factor

BILAWAL Bhutto-Zardari’s interview to BBC has set social media ablaze. The PPP chairman said he was surprised by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s naming of the chief of the army and ISI as those responsible…

Criminalising poverty

A NEPALESE colleague once shared the impact of a well-intentioned government rehabilitation programme for street-connected children. The plan was to take them off the streets and provide protection facilities where…

Fix the flaws

We are shocked, angry and emotional at the brutal gang-rape of a woman on the motorway link road in Lahore. Women-led protests took place in all the major cities of…

Law in the time of corona

In Lahore, a designer had her cook tested for the coronavirus. He tested positive and went home to his village. Apparently, he used public transport on his journey home. The…

Draft law of National Tax Tribunal – I

"...the raison d'être of establishing special tribunals has been to dispense better quality of justice where people, better trained in particular fields and disciplines could provide quality decisions and resolution…

Laws For Liberty

Laws for liberty

What good is a liberal constitution if it cannot secure the most basic of all liberties: the liberty of person? Seventy-two years after the supposed overthrow of the colonial state,…

Laws For Liberty

Laws for liberty

Official statistics show that over 66 percent of Pakistan’s total prison population consists of under-trial prisoners. Our average conviction rate is in single digits. Put these two facts together and…

Post-9/11: Unilateralism V International Law

Post-9/11: unilateralism v international law

Post-9/11, the world is witnessing increasing violations of international law, especially International Human Rights Law (IHRL) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in conflict situations, specifically where powerful states are involved,…

Discomfiture of law

RECENTLY, an honest and competent police officer, Dr Rizwan Ahmed, who had been posted only four months ago as SSP in district Shikarpur, was not only summarily relieved of his…

Above The Law

Above the law

Millions of Pakistanis were shocked to see – live on TV – lawyers vandalising a public hospital and assaulting patients, paramedics and doctors. The enraged lawyers broke windows, doors and…