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Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March. This well-known quotation was, we know, the warning given to Julius Caesar, in Shakespeare’s play, by a soothsayer. It referred to a date: March 15.…

Burial of humanity

The dance of medieval barbarism with lethal weapons of 21st century is being played out, while the world watches; some with glee; some with awe; some with pain; some with…

Hindutva peril

The inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has dashed any hope for India’s 200 million Muslims to feel safe in what they formerly believed was their country too. The Human…

Information is power

The key factors for a nation to achieve self-sustained growth, prosperity, and international respect include sovereignty, rule of law, transparency, accountability, inclusive economic development, and modernization through digitization. Since its…

The PTA’s obfuscation

X (formerly Twitter) is officially blocked in Pakistan and finally there is proof. On March 20, 2024, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in response to petitions challenging the restriction on…

Courts and historical wrongs

This March, the Supreme Court (SC) held in a reference filed by the president of Pakistan that the proceedings of the trial by the Lahore High Court, and of the…

Efficient governance

A prudent person would never challenge the importance of efficient justice, good governance, and public policy development for the welfare of the people, or the necessity of concurrently implementing these…

A people-centric judiciary

The legacy of colonialism casts a long shadow over many aspects of life in former colonies, not least of which is the judicial system. Inherited from a time and ideology…

Rewriting the constitution

The Supreme Court and other superior courts have the power to interpret the constitution. But there is a need for caution. A US chief justice, John Marshall, in his famous…