Izaan Hasan

Izaan Hasan

The writer is a law graduate and a member of the staff. He tweets at @IzaanH(twitter.com/IzaanH)

Does a loophole in Pakistan’s constitution allow foreigners to contest elections?

Pakistani citizens who hold foreign passports are not allowed to hold seats in either the national or provincial assemblies and are also barred from becoming members of the senate. However, the incumbent government is looking to change this, citing the contribution of overseas Pakistanis to the local economy as sufficient reason to do so. The first step towards enacting this proposal was taken by the cabinet in July 2019 when it approved the contesting of elections by dual-nationals. However, from a legal standpoint, it is important to remember that if the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) actually intends on successfully following ...

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Salman Sufi vs the Govt of Pakistan: The fight to safeguard our privacy

A series of disturbing incidents related to the invasion of people’s privacy have recently come to light. In some cases  like the Balochistan University incident, students were blackmailed after compromising footage was recorded through concealed CCTV cameras installed in the bathrooms. If this was not bad enough, the latest victims of a breach of privacy were unsuspecting women in Sheikhupura who were secretly video recorded while they were giving birth. The hospital staff then used the videos to blackmail the women. Thankfully the hospital was sealed and all the videos were taken into custody along with prominent staff.   Such incidents really force one to ponder ...

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Why does the ASF continue to use fake bomb detectors?

If you’ve ever been to an airport in Pakistan, you have probably come across a security official gingerly walking past your car with an antenna-equipped device. This device is supposedly a state-of-the-art bomb detector named ‘Khoji’, which is being manufactured by our very own Airport Security Force (ASF). Theoretically, the antenna of the bomb detector should swivel towards your car if you’ve decided to greet your incoming family member or loved one with a garland of grenades instead of flowers. In simple terms, the antenna is supposed to swing towards any object that contains explosives. Or so we are told. Unfortunately, ...

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