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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…

Great expectations

CHIEF JUSTICE Qazi Faez Isa has made his mark on his very first day in office by ordering the live-streaming of the full court hearing petitions challenging the Supreme Court (Practice and…

Ah, but there’s the rub

An ‘Alhamdulillah’ moment it was for Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif when Pakistan reached a nine-month $3 billion staff-level agreement with the IMF on Friday, the second day of Eid. And…

IMF, Constitution & tax codes

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday urged Pakistan to follow the Constitution in order to resolve its political disputes, as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif contacted Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva…

‘Partial Law’

Neither explicitly martial nor ethic-ally civil, Pakistan in 2023 is experiencing an unsavoury blend of both forms — which can be termed ‘Partial Law’. The inherently authoritarian aspect of the military, newly intensified by the 9th May violence,…

PTI’s meltdown

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan is imploding. The initial trickle of ‘seasonal sparrows’ (fasli batair) abandoning the party in the face of a severe crackdown as the aftermath…

Beyond the crackdown

THE PTI’s juggernaut has been slowed down; the crackdown has had its effect as politicians and electables around it are exiting quickly, leaving Imran Khan alone and isolated. With his…

End of chaos?

WRITING about our national chaos in my last piece, I had said that one side would nix the other to end the chaos soon. But even I am amazed at…

Imran’s Greek tragedy

Caught in the eye of the storm, it is not easy to fully grasp the meaning and the drift of events that are taking place at such a fast pace.…

Endgame PTI

The events of the last two weeks have shaken Pakistan to the core. Imran Khan’s arrest on May 9, 2023 by the Rangers from the premises of the Islamabad High…