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More supreme than the law?

The judiciary is the guardian of rule of law, and that is why people have tremendous faith in it and a legitimate expectation that, when deciding its own affairs with…

What is the domestic violence law?

The opposition to the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill 2021 exposes both the societal paradox that violence in one form or another is necessary to sustain our family structure,…

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…

Making Arabic compulsory

IN every school of Islamabad every child shall henceforth be compelled to study the Arabic language from Grade 1 to Grade 5. Thereafter he or she shall learn Arabic grammar…

A flawed system

IT is not for the first time that the Senate elections have generated such intense debate over their transparency. But the issue had never hit such a low before. The…

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…

Rule Of Law Or Men?

Rule of law or men?

Back in September 2016, I used this title to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision in the matter of Mustafa Impex, which for me affirmed that “rule of men is a…

Internet policymaking

MUCH of 2020 has been marred by uncertainty regarding the state of social media in Pakistan. With surprise new rules in the absence of consultation or transparency, blanket bans on…

Hope for rule of law

THE difference couldn’t have been starker. In his address to the Gujranwala rally, Nawaz Sharif spent the first few minutes asking his supporters how they were doing. Did they have…