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How to access justice

Justice is the soul of a government. The term ‘access to justice’, as understood and used, means approaching judicial institutions for expeditious and inexpensive redress of a wrong committed to…

A call for change and development

Reform, not begging, is the answer to all our economic and political problems. The question though is: which reform? The answers to this were discussed at a recent conference held…

Justice or discipline?

In 1967, during the tenure of field marshal Ayub Khan, the scope of military courts was extended to civilians. Section 2(1)(d) was included in the Pakistan Army Act, and military…

Impartial accountability of all

Accountability is a key component of effective governance. It not only strengthens the foundations of democracy but also helps towards improving efficiency of government operations. Likewise, transparency provides essential and…

PECA and children; Part – II

The court has also been tasked with responsibilities under the 2023 amendment. Under Section 44 and 2 (ix) of PECA 2016, designated courts for electronic crimes were notified in consultation…

Practice and procedure

The Supreme Court has given its findings on the much-debated Supreme Court (Practice and Procedure) Act 2023. Although the detailed judgment is awaited, still, the short order has said that…

Gaza: where is the ICC?

It is now more than two weeks since the start of death and destruction in the besieged Gaza Strip as Israel continues to impose collective punishment upon two million people,…

Grim challenges before 29th CJP

On completion of term of Justice Umar Ata Bandial as 28th Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Qazi Faez Isa took oath of office as his successor on September 17,…

Navigating deep malaise

Why is corruption so pervasive in Pakistan? Why do civil institutions consistently fail to deliver? Why is there a lack of accountability and action against civil institutions and the bureaucracy,…