Judiciary Archive

Insaaf, a duty or a job? – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
Zardari cronies attempt to buy honest lawyers!:   All I had to do was to read the headline and it made sense. In Pakistan, you are damned if you do, damned if you don’t! The recent nomination of ex-Senator Dr. Khalid Ranjha, a PML linked politician
Transparency International’s damning report on Pakistan’s judiciary and army: An interesting fact which remains, in the main, ignored in various reports and media analyses of the Transparency International Pakistan’s Corruption Perception Index is the mentioning of two institutions which are ranked as most corrupt in today’s Pakistan, i.e.
Judicial appointments, again – by Asad Jamal:   Source: Express Tribune The Supreme Court’s short order is somewhat enigmatic as it raises more questions than it answers. It is, however, being hailed by many as a sort of a political compromise. The Order has only addressed
Will ‘civil society’ please relax? – By Ayaz Amir:   Ayaz Amir has been a respectable columnist of Pakistan though for PPP supporters, he has been a thorn all along. He is now a member of National Assembly from his native Chakwal and this is his second stint
What spooked the justices? – by Kamran Shafi: So much that a sitting of all the 17 honourable judges of the Supreme Court (SC) was called at midnight on the basis of what is fast turning out to be just a rumour run by a private television
In defence of the elected government of the PPP – by Ataul Haq Qasmi: بارہ اکتوبر،ایک شیطان جماعت اور آزاد عدلیہ….روزن دیوار سے …عطاء الحق قاسمی (نوٹ:۔یہ کالم وزیر اعظم یوسف رضا گیلانی کی تقریر سے ایک روز قبل لکھا گیا) آج کسی ایک موضوع کی بجائے مختلف موضوعات پر اظہار خیال کو
‘Chief Sahab’ how was this ‘interview’ possible under house arrest? – by Farhad Jarral and Hafsa Khawaja: A few baffling events have come into view, including the situations that occurred during the tumultous time of Musharraf’s November 3 Emergency and the Judiciary Movement such as the interviews conducted by various media names with CJ Iftikhar Muhammad
Government-judiciary conflict: Time-line commentary – by Moazzam Raza Tabassam: On the eve of the third anniversary of the Karsaz tragedy on Oct 18, President Zardari, and  PPP’s Govt again under attack , Yousuf Raza Gilani made an attempt to allay the apex court’s apprehensions and misgivings set off
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
Supreme Court is the new GHQ in Pakistan – by Fatima Saleem: History has witnessed FOUR Martial Laws in Pakistan. Pakistanis are well aware, what happens when their politicians get too naughty to handle! But, state of affairs have taken a new course lately never seen before in the history of
Leading lawyers demand Justice Khawaja Sharif’s resignation: The conflict between lawyers and judges continues. After the violent agitations in Lahore, no solution has been come up with to reconcile the disputed matters. In recent development more than 1300 lower court judges across Punjab have submitted resignations
Secularism Debate: A fallacious binary – by Saqlain Imam: The word secularism seems to be the most contentious one in the Pakistani political culture. Anything that is anti-religion or non-religious is dubbed secular; it is understood as a Western concept with no direct connection with Islam; for example,
Legal Intellect of a Supreme Court Judge – by Ali Raja: The other day the renowned son of the Chief Justice was intercepted while speeding @87 Km/h on maximum speed limit of 70 km/h. The chap was challaned and he wholeheartedly accepted it. A good omen it was. The very
What is wrong with Abdul Qayyum Jatoi’s statement on judiciary and generals?: Photo source: Dawn Related article: Teen Jeem – by Hamid Akhtar State Minister for Defence Production Sardar Abdul Qayyum Jatoi tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Gilani on Saturday evening. Jatoi had faced criticism for his anti-army and judiciary
Cricket as a metaphor – by Irfan Husain: Another day, another scandal. Judging from the media coverage of the cricket betting sting first reported by the News of the World, it would appear that there are no floods devastating the country; that millions have not been displaced;
EDITORIAL: Extension of judges’ tenure: The Supreme Court (SC) has extended the tenure of 32 additional judges working in the high courts of the four provinces till further orders. The eleventh hour decision has been taken to overcome the situation created by a legal
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
Fatima Bhutto: please focus on fiction- by Nasima Zehra Awan: Pakistan may have lost a talented fiction writer when Fatima Bhutto went into journalism. Clearly, she is adept at spinning a tale, fudging facts and re-defining reality in a manner that is the exclusive domain of talented story tellers.
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
Criminals deserve hospitality? – by Agha Syed Atta-u-Allah Shah:
Fake Degrees Vs Fake Petrol Bills:   Source: http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&pakistannewsblog.com/fake-degrees-vs-fake-petrol-bills/ A lot is being said these days about “Fake Degrees” and the political black sheep sitting in our assemblies. The media is leading the campaign to cleanse the assemblies and our honorable judges are providing the
Mind your limits, Mr Justice – by Abbas Ather: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is Newton’s third law of motion, but is equally applicable to most situations in the world we live in. Take for example the case of how the nation
Keep everything secret! Under the oath of course – by pejamistri: One thing I never understood is the obsession of certain quarters and personalities to keep things secret using the lame excuse of oath (yes the same oath for which they have absolute no regard when it comes to being
Reforming the legislators: on the fake degrees – by Raza Rumi: The debate on fake degrees has captured the middle class imagination of Pakistan’s mainstream media. True that lying and misrepresenting facts is not acceptable. Yet, discriminatory laws against the political elites are not kosher either. The debate on the
Haunting acquittals – by Babar Sattar: The Lal Masjid brigade brought life to a standstill in Islamabad. Its vigilante missions caused harm and nuisance. But that paled into insignificance when over a hundred lives were lost in the security operation executed to regain control of
“Nawaz Again in Wrong Company” – PPP ups the ante: The PPP has upped the ante for Nawaz Sharif by questioning him about his motives. MNS goes into a cocoon for some time, only to wake up from his hibernation and make statements which are not statesman like. It
The un-sharif Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court – by Fawad Manzoor: Cat is out of bag. It has always been said that Khwaja Sharif (Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court) is the “bookie” from Raiwind. He himself admitted in his books that he (and his sons) took money from
Convicted teacher of terror training acquitted by whom? Justice Khwaja Sharif: When in times of despair, turn to your biggest ally. That is what religious extremists are doing. Who else to turn to? Our azad adliya and if you have the likes of Justice Khwaja Sharif listening to your case,
“Get CJ Iftikhar operation on the cards”: Ansar Abbasi’s daily conspiracy theory!: At Jang Group there are many conspiracy theorists, the chief of them all, Ansar Abbasi beats them all. A revolutionary journalist in the real sense, he is trying his best to save Pakistan from “crupshion”, and bring in “gud
A Tale of Two Visits! – by Saad Mansoor: Badalta hai rung aasmaan kaisay kaisay, is a famous verse of Aatish’s couplet that has become a cliche in Urdu political writings. Yet I found out today that cliches are cliches for a reason. The full couplet goes as
Pakistan’s Global Political Economy – by Anas Muhammad: As the recession hit; the jobless rates soared to 10% and more, banks at the brink of failing, stock exchange plummeted, and economy was left paralyzed. All this happened in United States, which sparked a global recession, bringing down
The return of the Doctrine of Necessity! – by Saad Mansoor: After the democratically elected parliament that represents the wishes of people of Pakistan passed the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan unanimously. It was hoped that it would bring peace, stability and normalcy in the functioning of this Federation
The challenge of an uncertain future —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi: The most certain feature of Pakistan’s democracy is an uncertainty of its future. The optimistic view describes the current difficulties as the issues of transition from a military-dominated political order to a participatory civilian political system, which will take
No more – by Chauhdry Ahmad Khan: Pakistan is reeling from the murder of 70 of its own citizens-massacred due to their faith by the self-appointed guardians of faith. Anyone with a shred of conscience left in Pakistan should declare themselves as Ahmadi – “I am
Cricket at the Supreme Courthouse! – by Saad Mansoor: Source: Green Goat’s Hide What happened in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the 24th and 25th May 2010 was some brilliant politics by President Zardari, which despite my avid support of PPP I had never expected of him.
All judges are controversial; they must go – by Khalid Wasti: ================================= سارے کے سارے جج متنازعہ ہو چکے ہیں – ان سب کو جانا چاہیئے ================================= چیف جسٹس غداری کے مرتکب ہوئے – چیف جسٹس توہین رسالت کے مرتکب ہوئے – چیف جسٹس کرپٹ ہیں – (وزیر اعظم آزاد
Pakistan and Facebook: both victims of Lahori Islam – by Ahmed Nadeem Gehla: There is a ‘mass madness’ ranging from TV talk shows to headlines of News Papers and debate on internet. Charged workers of religious organisations are out in streets of Pakistan. As Malaysian are relatively more religious people as compared
Article 2-A : A draconian clause in the hands of “azad adlia” – by Yasser Latif Hamdani: Cross-posted from Pak Tea House: The famous American constitutional case Marbury V. Madison was arguably the first time the judiciary in the history of the world declared anything “unconstitutional”. The door was thrown open that day which subverted the
Internet blockade and urban middle class youth – by Ahmed Nadeem Gehla: On Wednesday 19th May 2010, the Lahore High Court, famous for acting as a “moral brigade” rather than judiciary, once again passed a strange order to ban Facebook across Pakistan on a petition of Muslim Lawyers Forum. The demand