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Laws, protocols and trafficking

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking either as a point of origin, transit or destination, and Pakistan is not an exception. The UNODC describes human trafficking…

Punishment and law

Law and punishment are very different concepts and should not be unduly amalgamated. The function of law is the codification of norms, definition of rights and obligations, creation of mechanisms…

Flawed policies amid ‘chaos’

The coalition government of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), assumed power as a result of no-confidence resolution against premier Imran Khan on April 9, 2022.…

Lawmakers & CT

THE role of parliaments in counterterrorism (CT) and addressing the underlying causes of Violent Extremism (VE) carries significance, which adds credibility. Parliamentarians enact laws, set policies, allocate budgets, and oversee…

Non-intervention & the law

DAYS before the vote of no-confidence, Pakistan’s embattled prime minister, Imran Khan, addressed the nation at a political rally. Following a carefully constructed rhetoric on the value of being an independent, free…

Trump cards or flawed thinking

It’s the economy stupid, so stated James Carville, Bill Clinton’s strategist during the 1992 successful presidential campaign against the incumbent George Bush with two other key messages to campaign workers:…

New SBP law militates against constitution?

This article contends that the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Act, 2022 (“Act”) is plainly, on the face of it (ex facie), in violation of the Constitution. Reportedly, the government’s…

Self-serving laws – I

Uninterrupted decade of democracy [2008 to 2018], unprecedented in our political history entailing smooth transfer of power to elected representatives, according to the Constitution, is an occasion for national jubilation…

AML regulations and fiscal laws – II

In the first article on this subject published on September 9, 2017 the relevance and changed perspective of anti-money laundering (AML) in today's world was briefly discussed. That article restricted…