Tag: 1973 Constitution of Pakistan

  • ایک نیا آئین بنائیں – از حسن رضا چنگیزی

    ایک نیا آئین بنائیں – از حسن رضا چنگیزی

    میرا خیال ہے کہ اب وہ وقت آگیا ہے کہ ملک کو ایک نیا آئین دیا جائے۔ اس لئے نہیں کہ پاکستان کے “لے پالک بچّے” یعنی بلوچ موجودہ ملکی آئین سے مطمئن نہیں بلکہ نیا آئین بنانا اس لئے ضروری ہو گیا ہے کہ ہمارے “اپنے بچے” یعنی طالبان پاکستان کے موجودہ “غیر اسلامی […]

  • The Fair Trial Act and lessons from the US – by Waris Husain

    The Fair Trial Act and lessons from the US – by Waris Husain

      The writer holds a Juris Doctorate and LL.M specialising in international law and is a member on the board of directors for Americans for Justice and Democracy in Pakistan. He tweets @warishusain The recent revelations concerning the US government’s surveillance programmes have sparked a renewed interest amongst American citizens to reconsider the balance between […]

  • ٦٢- ٦٣ اور صادق الامین –٢

    ٦٢- ٦٣ اور صادق الامین –٢

    پرانی کہاوت ہے کہ نچلے درجے کی ذہانت رکھنے والےشخصیات پر بات کرتے ہیں، اوسط درجے کے لوگ واقعات پر اور  اعلیٰ درجے کے لوگ نظریات پر. اسکول میں یہ کہاوت سننے کے بعد ایک عرصے تک ہم اور ہمارے ساتھی ہیڈ ماسٹر صاحب اور ماسٹر صاحب  کے متعلق اپنے نظریات  بیان کیا کرتے تھے، بلکہ ہم نے تو جب یہ […]

  • Military takeoever and 18th amendment – by Pejamistri

    Military takeoever and 18th amendment – by Pejamistri

    One of the funniest question asked on Facebook the other day, not by a common man living somewhere in remote village of Dera Ghazi Khan, but by a very informed blogger, social activist and highly educated person living in United states. is , “Does anyone know if Pakistani constitution allows military to take over as necessary? […]

  • Doing away with Articles 62 & 63 – by Waseem Altaf

    Doing away with Articles 62 & 63 – by Waseem Altaf

    The 1973 constitution was a fairly comprehensive document which also contained articles 62 and 63. Article 62 deals with qualifications of becoming a member of the Parliament whereas article 63 specifies what disqualifies someone from such membership. These articles were amended in 1974.However it was during the Zia regime that they were made much harsher […]

  • Pakistan’s ‘strategic’ backwaters

    It seems that Balochistan is no one’s responsibility when it comes to dealing with crisis but everyone else’s responsibility when it is a matter of taking critical decisions. Thus, no one wants to deal with the law and order problem but the province’s natural resources are just another matter. Eventually, no one does anything meaningful […]

  • Communicating the constitution

    Media in Pakistan rarely applies ‘constitutional filter’ to frame and contextualize vital national issues. The mainstream narratives and popular discourse in the media often privilege “territorial/security” and “religious” over the “republic.” These reportage trends have bearing on transformation of ‘statutory’ into ‘societal.’ There is a history to this as the country experienced unusually high constitutional […]

  • Why do you label Shias as a minority? – by Ali Muntaziri

    According to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakisan-1973, the word “minority” is reserved for those citizens of the country who don’t qualify for the definition of a Muslim. A Muslim, as per the constitution, is a person who believes in the oneness of Allah and the finality of Prophet Muhammad(saww). Shias, accordingly, fit […]

  • Prior convictions and Pakistan’s president

    In the last few weeks, news reports have appeared in the US which mischaracterize the history of allegations against Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari. The publication“KGS Nightwatch,” a nightly national security newsletter, reported that  Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari “was disqualified from the start to ever serve in any public office because of his prior graft […]

  • Adil Gilani of Transparency International Pakistan condemns new contempt of court law

    Editor’s Note: LUBP has previously published quite a few posts highlighting the dubious role of Adil Gillani and his fraudulent Transparency International, which is always there to promote agendas and discourse of the Military Establishment. Gilani’s current stance on the new contempt of court law passed by the elected parliament clearly shows he remains ‘Shah […]

  • Iftikhar Chaudhry is supreme!

    This picture in daily Jang (8 July 2012) caught my attention. What an audience! Only a publicity hungry guy could get such an audience snapped. No wonder Pakistan’s increasingly self-obsessed top judge Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is commonly known as Iftikhar Mental (#IftikharMental) in view of his mentally deranged behaviour. In certain ways, CJ Chaudhry’s […]

  • Constitutional misbehaviour of the Pakistan Supreme Court (Part II) -by Justice Markandey Katju

    Related posts: Pakistani Supreme Court has gone overboard – by Justice Markandey Katju (Supreme Court of India) Justice Louise Arbour concerned about direction of Pakistan’s Supreme Court After my article about the constitutional misbehaviour of the Pakistan Supreme Court was published in The Hindu (June 21), I receivedseveral queries and objections regarding it. Hence an explanation is called for, […]

  • For upholding the Constitution, Prime Minister Gillani gets convicted! – by Farhad Jarral

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan has just convicted an elected Prime Minister for following an explicit Constitutional clause (Article 248 (2)) – on the basis of an Ordinance passed by a military dictator, General Musharaf (Contempt of Court Ordinance 2004) – who in turn was empowered to subvert the Constitution by this very same Judiciary!  However, if one is […]

  • Voice of a dying tribe – by Chander Parkash

    When our country (Pakistan) is devastated by sectarian genocide & targeted persecution, rural areas of sufistic Sindh has maintained its’ shining example of religious tolerance & pluralism in general. The majority of the country’s Hindus reside here & they have a history of tranquil co-existence with Muslims. The two communities enjoy each other’s religious festivals […]

  • Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, My Peace Hero – by Hifza Shah Jillani

    Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is a known political phenomenon. Bhutto, not only a political leader, is someone who created new kind of politics in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, first state to be created in the name of Islam. He blessed the country with a constitution that had never been gifted in 26 years, a formal […]

  • Web oversights – by Zafarullah Khan

    Official websites with outdated versions of the Constitution mock the so-called E-Government Directorate Constitution of a country is a social contract between citizens and the state. For people of Pakistan, a legitimate party to this contract, it is highly difficult to get an updated copy of the Constitution. The president authenticated the 18th Constitutional Amendment […]

  • Chor resta -by Nazir Qaiser

    اردو اور پنجابی کے معروف منفرد تیکھے لہجے اور بلند آہنگ شاعر اور ادیب نذیر قیصر روزنامہ مشرق کیلئے روزانہ قطعہ لِکھ رہے ہیں۔ ہم آج کا قطعہ قارئین کی خِدمت میں کراس پوسٹ کر رہے ہیں کوئ آۓ نہ چور رستے سے اب نہ آٔئین توڑنے دیں گے سلسلہ طالع آزماؤں سے اب کسی […]

  • Supreme Court, a circus for the media circus – by Shiraz Paracha

    The Judiciary in Pakistan was not free in the past and it is not independent now. The military has been using the Supreme Court of Pakistan as a rubber stamp but now there are serious questions about the integrity and impartiality of the Supreme Court. Acting as an arm of the army, the Supreme Court […]

  • The vulnerability of Khawja Siras in Pakistan -by Zeeba Hashmi

    The fact is they exist, and have been existing here throughout our history. They were the entertainers, the artisans, the lovers, the bodyguards, the warriors, the dancers, the feeble among the crux of the society that never looked at them with recognition. Their public mockery and derogatory instigations have pushed them towards the retrograde in […]

  • Carving out new federating units for stronger federation

    What is Federalism John Kincaid, Professor at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and director of the College’s Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government gave a useful definition of federalism: Federalism is essentially a system of voluntary self-rule and shared rule. This is implied in the derivation of the word ‘federal’, which comes […]

  • A Pakistani renaissance -By Mian Raza Rabbani

    The 1973 Constitution given by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was democratic, federal and parliamentary. It had a vision of Federalism in terms of fiscal devolution, ownership of resources, participation in policy formation and collective decision making. This was a fundamental change from earlier Constitutions. Unfortunately with deliberate intent various provisions of the Constitution, in particular, […]

  • Pakistan and the Search for Identity (Part 1) – by Rusty Walker

    About the author: Rusty Walker is an Independent Political Analyst, educator, author, Vietnam veteran-era U.S. Air Force, from a military family, retired college professor, former Provost (Collins College, U.S.A.), artist, musician and family man. Rusty Walker is an ardent supporter of Pakistan. The following essay examines nine common narratives, over a four part series. Essentially […]

  • Pakistan, a place where non-Muslims also live

    By Anthony Permal A lot has been written about the plight of minorities in Pakistan – some by minorities themselves but mostly by the majority. In most such reports, analyses and blogs, the focus has been on the aggressive tactics used by a violent and regressive few to intimidate and persecute the middle to lower-middle […]

  • Rights of the children in Pakistan -by Saria Benazir

    Pakistan ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 12 November 1990, making a reservation on interpreting its provisions following the principles of Islamic laws and values. In 1997 Pakistan decided to withdraw its reservation, which marks the intention to unconditionally implement Children’s rights in Pakistan. The State report does not mention Pakistan’s […]

  • President Zardari’s historical address to parliament’s joint session

    President Asif Ali Zardari’s annual address to a joint sitting of parliament addressed the accomplishments of the current government, and called for defeating the mindset of “intolerance and hatred”. The President congratulated the parliament for passing 18th and 19th amendments. He said that the country was in poor condition when the elected government took over. […]

  • Supreme Court subverts the Constitution. Again! – by Saad Mansoor

    While the nation mourns the systematic murder of its minorities, there is another murder taking place in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. A four member bench of Supreme Court has ruled that the Parliamentary Committee’s rejection of six additional judges of high court is void and ordered the Executive to issue notifications for appointing the […]

  • Democracy neither is a snake, Constitution nor a stick – by Wajahat Masood

  • Violation of Labour Laws in Pakistan – by Shaukat Masood Zafar

    Under the 1973 Constitution labour is defined as a ‘concurrent subject’ making liable for implementation both the Federal and Provincial Governments. The Industrial Relations Ordinance makes provision for the appointment of a Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) to determine the representative character of the trade union in industrial disputes and to obtain representation on committees, boards […]

  • Basic structure myth – By Yasser Latif Hamdani

    Thank heavens the apex court in our country has shied away from answering the question of basic structure and binding, as it were, the dreams and aspirations of the future generations of this great state of ours to what is essentially a hackneyed idea. Does the Pakistani constitution have a basic structure? Could the general […]

  • 18th Amendment: The Parliament must not surrender its sovereignty to grade-22 bureaucrats in the Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court’s order (on the 18th amendment) throws light on certain very important issues about the court’s recent role and function in our constitutional democracy. The court has been stretching beyond its constitutional mandate. Suo motu notices were issued to fix prices of sugar and other commodities. Then the executive’s function was challenged as […]

  • Fragile democracy and 64-channels media cottage industry – by Chaudhry Ahmed Khan

    I recently came across a comment by the President and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, which really struck me for its succinct and bold portrayal of the Pakistani media. The President was countering one of the many false impressions created by a media industry that has clearly lost any semblance of objectivity. He said, “This […]

  • The Statesman Editorial: Jinnah Was right

    JINNAH’S  famous address on 11 August 1947 to Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly was supposed to lay the secular foundations for a future Constitution of the country. Jinnah, after all, firmly supported equality of religions and the freedom to practise them all without fear or favour. He emphasised the need of a democratic Constitution for the new […]

  • President Zardari rejects unconstitutional demand by the army chief – by Junaid Qaiser

    According to foreign press reports; the Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari, has rejected a proposal by the powerful Army Chief, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, to remove some[so called] “corrupt” ministers who happen to be the close aides of Mr Zardari. Islamabad, Oct. 10: The Pakistan President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari, has rejected a proposal by […]

  • Citizens for democracy; no to undemocratic and unconstitutional change

    LAHORE, Oct 3: Participants at a South Asia Free Media Association (Safma) seminar expressed on Sunday their concerns at an all-sided institutional, financial and societal destabilisation in a terrorism-ridden country, and demanded all state institutions work within their constitutional limits. “We call upon all organs of the state to work in the parameters of the […]

  • Unconstitutional demand

    British newspaper guardian reports: Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, has handed a list of corrupt or allegedly incompetent ministers to President Asif Ali Zardari, demanding their removal, according to western and Pakistani officials. The tension between Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders is the latest political fallout from historic floods that have triggered stringent criticism of […]

  • Immunity of the President and Nawaz Sharif’s IQ – by Ali Raja

    “Immunity of The President will be decided by the Court.” Nawaz Sharif Mr. Nawaz Sharif has uttered these words in the midst of the Government/Judiciary fall out. His IQ seems to be too low for a leader. He has always been dictated by others. But it is our bad luck that he has remained PM […]

  • Parliament vs Supreme Court – by Khalid Wasti

    آئین سازی پارلیمینٹ کا اختیار ہے  – آئین کی تشریح کرنا سپریم کورٹ کا اختیار ہے ================================= پارلیمینٹ : اقتدار اعلی کا مالک خدا تعالی ہے سپریم کورٹ : ہم آئین کے اس حصے کی تشریح کرتے ہوئے قرار دیتے ہیں کہ زمین ہر خدا تعالی کا حق حکمرانی استعمال کرنے کا اختیار صرف ان […]

  • We Must Stay The Course – by Babar Sattar

    Altaf Hussain’s statement inciting ‘patriotic generals’ to take steps ‘like martial law’ against ‘corrupt feudal and land lord politicians’ is an expression of intent to support subversion of constitutional rule in Pakistan. This statement is not only mischievous, but also malicious. It has been uttered (and vociferously defended by MQM minions) not in naivete or […]

  • Why is CJP Afraid of Secularism? – by The Baloch Hal

    The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Ifthakar Chaudhary, who was reinstated to his top position after rigorous anti-dictatorship efforts of champions of democracy and pluralism, has stunned everyone with his recent remarks against the Parliament and secularism. The Chief Justice, who surely is able enough to grasp the real meaning of legal and constitutional […]

  • Disrespecting Constitution in Supreme Court- by Wusatullah Khan

    منگل بیس جولائی کو اسلام آباد میں سپریم کورٹ کے فل بنچ کے سترہ ججوں کے سامنے وہ بھی ہوگیا جو ایک دن ہونا ہی  تھا۔ اٹھارویں ترمیم کو چیلنج کرنے والے ایک صحافی درخواست گزار نے ایک ہاتھ میں قرآن اور دوسرے میں آئینِ پاکستان کی کاپی پکڑ کر ڈرامائی انداز میں کہا ’اگر […]