Tag: Accountability

  • ay khuda mere abbu salamat rahen – by Nazir Naji and Asma Jahangir

    Related post: LUBP Special: Documentary evidence of payments made to Pakistan’s Chief Justice’s son Arsalan Iftikhar Leading human rights lawyer and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir on Monday (3 Sep 2012) said that the officer (Shoaib Suddle) tasked by the SC to investigate the Arsalan Iftikhar case has close ties […]

  • People have a right to know about the judges’ assets

    Francis Bacon said: “knowledge is power”. Right now, a lot of Pakistan’s governance problems stem directly from the fact that after the long military dictatorship, an another un-elected institution has gotten an upper hand in state affairs. We have been reading Chief justice of Pakistan’s opinion about extent of parliament’s supramacy. This new sort of […]

  • Bill seeking ISI’s accountability submitted to Senate

    ISLAMABAD, July 8: The presidential camp plans a serious effort to tame the country’s premier intelligence agency — Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) — through parliamentary legislation and make it fully ‘answerable’ to parliament and the government. A 19-page draft of a bill was submitted in the Senate by president’s spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar a few days […]

  • Pakistan government on Hajj scandal – by Ahsan Abbas Shah

  • Don’t shoot the messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths – by Julian Assange

    Related articles: Progressive Pakistani bloggers in support of Julian Assange Assange: charges are part of campaign to close down WikiLeaks, he vows to fight extradition “We Liberals strongly support Julian Assange and the democratic spirit and meaning behind his Wikileaks, as we have continuously been arguing and advancing for core liberal democratic values such as, independent approach, […]

  • Sky is the limit for Pakistan’s ruling elite – by Fatima Saleem

    First the million dollar nuptials of Shoaib-Sania, than Ishaq Dar’s son’s wedding at Atlantis Palm Jameirah. Mr Dar later showed the 27000 dollar bill of the banquet hall in a TV show (remaining expenditure of the wedding will remain undeclared! I bet it must have easily crossed the 1 crore mark!) modestly admitting, he goes, […]

  • The holy cows in uniform – by M Usama Kabbir

    This is a bird’s eye view of military control in Pakistan. It is easy to point out and criticize ‘Democratic Political Governments’ for their incompetence and their ‘force’ of cabinet members who are a burden on the “National Treasury” (The ‘peanuts’ left over after a major chunk goes to the Defen…se Budget). Parallels are drawn […]

  • Express Tribune sets an excellent example of self-accountability by media

    میڈیا میں خود احتسابی کا آغاز فخر الدین جی ابراہیم سابق وزیر قانون ، جج اور اٹارنی جنرل کے عہدوں پر فائز رہے ہیں۔ پاکستان کے ایک انگریزی روزنامے دی ایکسپریس ٹربیون کی جانب سے محتسب کی تعیناتی کو صحافتی اور دانشور حلقوں میں پذیرائی حاصل ہوئی ہے اور یہ مطالبات سامنے آرہے ہیں کہ […]

  • Judiciary on trial – by Kuldip Nayar

    While Kuldeep Nayar raises some important questions about the accountability of judges in the Supreme Court of India, LUBP readers will appreciate that similar questions are rather more valid in the Pakistani context. Parliament must realise that the judiciary is independent of both the legislative bodies and the government. –File Photo The judiciary is facing […]

  • The ‘PPP-centric’ judiciary should also reopen other cases of the opposition

    Pakistan’s supreme court has asked parliament to review a constitutional amendment that would see senior court judges appointed by a parliamentary committee, delaying a potential divisive change to the relationship between the judiciary and the government. The ruling on Thursday came after legal challenges were launched against a number of parts of the 18th amendment, which deals […]

  • Swiss legal battles yield not a penny

      Source: Express Tribune ISLAMABAD: In a financially extravagant but futile exercise, the government has spent a sum of Rs318 million on legal battles since 2003 to recover looted money stashed away in Switzerland’s banks – and much to the nation’s chagrin not a penny of the plundered wealth has been recovered to date. All […]

  • Media freedoms versus responsibility (holy cow syndrome)

    Published today in The News Much has been said about media accountability and the dire need of a regulation framework for Pakistan’s new power centre. Pakistani media has earned its freedom and independence after a long, often bloody, struggle against military dictators and civilian autocrats. Countless journalists were imprisoned, harassed, even killed in this decade’s […]

  • Black coat thugs at it again – by Jinnah Bhutto

    A couple of days ago, lawyers in Lahore once again showed their “badmashi”. They are behaving like badmash (law breakers) in the courts. In Lahore yesterday they beat up judge; when other judges came to resolve the matter, they too were also beaten and forced to leave the court premises. These black coat thugs also […]

  • Full text of the Punjab Assembly’s resolution against yellow journalism. What is wrong with it?

    A few months ago, veteran writer and journalist Hamid Akthar wrote an excellent article in The Express highlighting the unholy alliance of the Three Jeem (three Js) i.e., journalists, judges and jurnails (generals) against the people and politicians of Pakistan. The LUBP (and other media watcher blogs, such as Pakistan Media Watch) have been consistently […]

  • Corrupt politicians and our saviours in army

    I am providing below a news report without any comments or editing: Ex-governor’s son-in-law defaulted on Rs 1.8 bn loan Sunday, June 13, 2010 BoP scandal snowballs as NAB digs more dirt By Ansar Abbasi ISLAMABAD: The Bank of Punjab scam is snowballing into Pakistan’s modern-day Watergate scandal as some latest revelations show the son-in-law […]

  • Institutions, accountability and the UN Report – by Raza Rumi

    First published at Jahane Rumi The UN Report is a historic document for it brings forth a set of findings and actions that should become the cornerstone for democratic mobilisation in Pakistani politics The UN fact finding report on Benazir Bhutto’s murder is a scathing indictment of the Pakistani state and its dysfunctional institutions. However, […]

  • hamara Rehman ya tuhmara Rehman – by Ahsan Abbas Shah

  • The grapes are sour for Nisar: Bargain games between PML-N and the Supreme Court – by Saeed Minhas

    ISLAMABAD: The civil and military bureaucracy should be scrutinised by the parliamentary public accounts committee, however, the judiciary can opt for whatever it wants and parliamentarians will respect its position, provided it takes a declared position. If this was the crux of the message conveyed by opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar on Wednesday night in the […]

  • Back to square one – by Faizi Mughal

    A political system usually has two choices, one option leads towards autocracy and other towards, rule by the people that is democracy. There could be no other third option. The entire civilized world believes that democracy is the best way to rule and dictatorship is the taint. All the political schools of thoughts in Pakistan […]

  • Filthy rich Khadim-e-Aala – by Shafiq Awan

    Shahbaz Sharif is ‘very rich’, but where did the money come from? By Shafiq Awan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is the richest member of the Punjab Assembly, with multi-million pounds of foreign assets mentioned in his declared assets to the Election Commission of Pakistan. The question arises, why are foreign assets mentioned in this […]

  • Asif Zardari – A burden on PPP or a really indispensable leader? – by Nadeem Khan

    Asif Zardari – A burden on PPP or a really indispensable leader? A dilemma for PPP loyalists PPP workers and loyalists cannot make moves or comment against Zardari as now by fault (not default) he is heading the party. Due to mistake, passion or compassion, they chose him in critical time. Just due to the […]

  • Yet another case of multifaceted fraud by our military saviours – by Aamir Mughal

    Today I found Dr Shahid Masood and Shaheen Sehbai spinning more lies on ‘Meray Mutabiq’ (Geo TV) with General (retired) Shahid Aziz. I therefore consider it pertinent to cross-post the following article from my blog to LUBP: One more multifaceted fraud: Lt. General (R) Shahid Aziz – Former Chairman of NAB Source: Chagatai Khan Well, […]

  • Q&A with an ordinary Pakistani – by Nadeem Khan

    It has been an honor to have today a simple and honest, I bet, Pakistani with us. Let’s hear him and try to understand the conditions, situations, turmoil, achievements, developments of this unique great nation, now very popular in the world. Our guest is a simple, honest Pakistani but have a deep insight on the […]

  • Democracy, transparency and accountability – by Dr Farrukh Saleem

    Transparency is the mother of democracy. Two things: first, there can’t be democracy without transparency. Second, democracy can’t allow the murder of her own mother. No government, therefore, is a democracy unless it ‘implements a set of policies and procedures that allow citizens to have accessibility and understandability’ of each and every entity within the […]

  • Independence of judiciary and military boots – by Bawa

    عدلیہ کی آزادی اور فوجیوں کے بوٹ عدلیہ کی بحالی سے عدلیہ کی آزادی تک مصنف: باوا ایک طویل جدوجہد کے بعد اٹھارہ سو پینسٹھ میں امریکی آئین میں تیرھویں ترمیم کے ذریعے امریکہ میں غلامی کا خاتمہ کر دیا گیا. افریقن امریکن ‘کالے’ آزادی کا جشن مناتے گلیوں، سڑکوں اور پارکوں میں نکل آئے. […]

  • Former corps commander, 2 ISI officials booked

    * Case registered in line with orders of Supreme Court over disappearance of Quetta resident Ali Asghar Bangalzai By Malik Siraj Akbar QUETTA: Police in the provincial capital registered a case on Wednesday against former corps commander Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch and two senior ISI officials, in line with orders of a Supreme Court […]

  • Selecting the superior judges — by Elf Habib

    Giving a final and binding say to the chief justice, despite his sublime office and status and worthy of all respect and reverence, destroys the very spirit and purpose of popular will and sovereignty. It would be an unfortunate transition from the dictatorship of the generals to the dictatorship of a judge The controversy created […]

  • Shameless and not-so-Muslim League!

    Rule of law or the ‘law of rules’? By Shafiq Awan In the House, the honourable members act and behave as their masters bid them to. If a voice crosses the threshold laid down by them, it is silenced. Personal interests are the priority, not the ‘real’ issues. Sometimes, compromises are reached so quickly on […]

  • Long live Punjabi Chief Justice and Punjabi fascism!

    Accountability — why only non-Punjabis? By Shafiq Awan There can be no doubt that the Supreme Court’s judgement on the National Reconciliation Ordinance was a historic decision and speaks volumes for the independence of the judiciary. But the verdict raised many eyebrows – certain ‘legal eagles’ even termed it “targeted and politically motivated” – for […]

  • If the speaker was a People’s Party law-maker. . . .

    PML-N MNA ‘owns’ 7.5 acre house, but has no documents, plan * Documents show objection raised by patwari over ownership of land * Widow claims ownership of 6 acres of land * MNA Afzal Khokhar says he owns property, will file documents By Asad Kharal LAHORE: Amid the controversy surrounding a plaza owned by Punjab […]

  • Half-truth of the Supreme Court of Pakistan: An interesting conversation

    Here are some excerpts from an interesting conversation at pkpolitics where ‘Bawa’, a pro-democracy blogger (with anti-Zardari inclinations), has raised some interesting points about the anti-NRO stance of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. آدھا سچ ہم میں سے ہر ایک کے پاس آدھا آدھا سچ ہے. ہم اپنے آدھے سچ کو ہی پورا سچ سمجھ […]

  • Breaking news: Remember we (LUBP) informed you first!

    Justice Ramday to be rewarded with a senatorial position by PML-N By Omar Khattab in Lahore Lahore, the hotbed of PML-N, is abuzz with rumors that the Sharif brothers have in principle decided to make Justice (now retired) Khalil Ramday a PML-N senator at the first opportunity. After retiring the other day, Ramday will have […]

  • Attention Justice Iftikhar! This is from your beloved PML-N’s leader’s mouth. Do you have the courage to take a suo motu notice?

    ‘Security depts involved in smuggling’ By A Reporter Friday, 22 Jan, 2010 ISLAMABAD: MNA Khwaja Asif of the PML-N has alleged that personnel of Frontier Constabulary and other security departments are involved in smuggling consumer goods from Afghanistan and Iran. He said at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday […]

  • We the honorable judges hereby declare that we are above law and morality!

    Selection of judges By I.A. Rehman Thursday, 21 Jan, 2010 According to some well-involved sources a new row between the judiciary and the executive has begun and the issue is the appointment of judges to the superior courts. The case of filling a large number of vacancies in the Lahore High Court has been hanging […]

  • Deconstructing Husain Haqqani – by Aamir Mughal and Sarah Khan

    From the days of General Zia ul Haq, the Islamofacist dictator of Pakistan, one name never seems to die out. Like a roach, it has survived the test of time and come back to haunt the scene once again in the form of Husain Haqqani. Let’s have a quick look at Mr Haqqani’s [currently the […]

  • You too Aitzaz Ahsan, the leader of the legal community?

    Related articles: Aitzaz Ahsan, PPP and Long March: A critical perspective – by Abbas Ather PPP suspends Ch Aitzaz Ahsan as member of Central Executive Committee (CEC) Pakistan’s left tilts towards right. Partners in crime? Distinguished figures among LPG quota beneficiaries By Khawar Ghumman Thursday, 07 Jan, 2010 ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of […]

  • Hamid Gul’s challenge to Iftikhar Chaudhry: Try me if you can!

    Hamid Gul admits he had role in IJI formation LAHORE: Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Hamid Gul has said that he played a role in forming the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) and any accountability of the issue should be started from him, a private TV channel quoted him as saying on Monday. Talking to the […]

  • A citizen’s perspective on TV anchors in Pakistan – by Naseer Ahmed

    Naseer Ahmed offers a critical perspective on TV anchors in Pakistan, suggesting that journalists, including TV anchors, cannot indefinitely escape from accountability. The day will soon come when many of them will be held accountable for their yellow journalism by

  • ‘EC refused to move against Benazir, Zardari despite pressure’

    The NAB had urged the Election Commission in 2005 to take action against the former prime minister and her spouse for allegedly providing false information about their assets.

  • Sindhis responsible for 97% of corruption in Pakistan: NRO’s message

    By Abdul Nishapuri Once again, it would appear that the rules are different for peoples from Sindh whereas politicians, bureaucrats and military personnel from Punjab and elsewhere are angels who do not have a spot of corruption on their careers. Or at least, that is what the establishment wants us to believe through its “NRO” […]