Accountability Archive

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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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