Faiza Iqbal

Faiza Iqbal

A law graduate from King's College, London Nottingham Law School. Having worked at Mandviwalla & Zafar as an Associate, she now writes freelance articles and is trying to qualify as a barrister in Canada.

From the diary of a mother who grieves

I love pink flowers. They look so majestic yet delicate. My son helped me plant those. He would be so happy to see them bloom. I stare at them blankly while sitting in our garden. I’m so tired of grieving, so tired of people looking at me with pity. I will forever be an entity of human desolation. A rubbish bin for human guilt.  “Oh look at her! Her plight makes me grateful for everything I have!” I can see the empty empathy in their eyes. The press and ‘celebrities’ all left when they had their fair share of photos and videos for inflating their egos, and ...

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Why Tort Law needs to be implemented in Pakistan

Tort law is a civil wrong that one commits towards another which results in legal liability regardless of a contractual relationship. So, for example, if a restaurant serves their customer expired food, they can face legal liability since they have a “duty of care” to all those who consume food on their premises. In fact every single law student will be well-versed in Donaghue v Stevenson (1932), a case which harks back to before World War II. The seminal case laid the basic foundations for negligence law all thanks to a dead slug in a ginger beer bottle. Two friends met ...

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10 things overseas Pakistanis face upon their return to the homeland

This article is for someone who has spent a significant time away from Pakistan and returns to the homeland to experience culture, vivacity and a very unique country. No matter how much we may establish our lives abroad, there is such a wondrous pull that keeps us coming back for more.  So if you haven’t been back home for a while, start planning your trip because these are the 10 main things you have to look forward to upon your return. 1. The heat It doesn’t matter if you arrive in winters, as soon as that plane door opens, you are smacked in ...

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I am very glad that Shireen Mazari’s daughter voted for PML-N

Recently, news emerged that the Central Information Secretary for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shireen Mazari, and her daughter voted differently in the local body elections. Her daughter, Imaan Hazir, created quite a stir by voting for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Democracy, by its very definition, proposes that the freedom to vote is a wholly individual choice. It is not something that a person can be coerced into doing otherwise there would be scant difference between democracy and dictatorship. But what happens when a prominent member of a famous political party faces mutiny amongst her domestic ranks? Just an FYI: I voted for minorities & PMLN. — Imaan ...

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Will the amendments to the Diyat and Qisas laws make any difference to the Shahzeb Khans out there?

When murder is committed within Pakistan, the victim’s family is usually offered blood-money by the perpetrator’s family as a way of pardoning the punishment of the crime itself. Diyat or ‘blood-money’ differs from Qisas which is the pardoning of the crime by the victim’s family without any monetary compensation being paid. These two concepts have courted controversy recently since they have been abused in practice by the wealthy to rid themselves of any culpability, as seen in the Shahzeb Khan and Zain Rauf cases. The purpose of accepting financial compensation following murder is to espouse forgiveness and mercy in people’s hearts. But in Zain’s case, where the victim’s family ...

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‘Americanised’ school uniforms and misuse of religion for political gain

Uniforms are imposed upon students to encourage unity and harmony.  They aim to encourage solidarity with one’s school over and above individual expression.  So the news that emerged this week of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) objecting to the trouser and shirt uniform for boys in government schools was enough to make my eyes roll.  They argue that shalwar kameez for boys should also be available, as an alternative, so parents can choose which one is more American or Pakistani.  The imposition of the trouser/shirt combination is, according to JI, an ‘Americanisation’ of our system.  On a grand scale of things, with all ...

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Shah Rukh Khan did what he does best – the lungi dance

Today is Shah Rukh Khan’s 50th birthday. The man, who is essentially the face of Bollywood, continues to inspire and delight people all over the world. Khan has had a career spanning nearly three decades and has encapsulated billions of people worldwide with his tear-jerkers and childlike antics.  He is, no doubt, one of India’s most revered artists and is considered to be amongst the ‘greats’ like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.  Most people growing up in the 80s would have watched his movies and he is probably more popular (in numbers at least) than Brad Pitt or George Clooney. ...

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Can Djinns commit murder?

Djinns are an entity that most Muslims, no matter how devout, do believe in.  They are a whole different species, which cannot be seen by the naked eye, who apparently inhabit the earth commensurately with humans.  All kinds of theories are sprouted about djinns and their characteristics with some stating that they live in trees, therefore vegetation should not be cut and possess personality characteristics like anger, jealousy as well as love and obsession just like humans do. Whether or not you believe in the existence of djinns, they do form a potent source of horror stories for misbehaving children, as well as ...

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Do billboards plastered with pretty women cause road accidents?

Billboards have always been a bone of contention amongst the religious in Pakistan. They have resorted to throwing stones and other paraphernalia to register their protest at the image of pretty female models advertising various products from mobile phones to lawn prints. On the other scale, you get celebrities proudly posting images of billboards with their face on them with hashtags on Instagram as a way of showing just how cool they really are. This week, however, a Supreme Court judge in Karachi ruled that female models on billboards are responsible for road accidents. Yes, on roads that are packed with sputtering rickshaws, a never-ending ...

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Are British Pakistanis uncivil and lacking basic common courtesy?

According to a leaked email by Paul Sabapathy CBE, the former Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, the British Pakistani community must be taught basic ‘common courtesy and civility’, after he attended the August 14th celebration in Birmingham. His comments caused uproar amongst the British Pakistani community, who demanded an apology from him, which he promptly offered, followed by a hasty resignation after serving eight years in this post.  He was the first member of the Asian community who held a prestigious post. At the event celebrating independence, he was apparently dealt in a manner which was unbecoming and disrespectful after which he vented in ...

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