Stories about judiciary

Attention Mr Gilani: Things are bad

Dear Mr Prime Minister, I know you are a very busy man – so busy that you couldn’t find the time to write a few lines that could have averted yet another judicial crisis. I also know that you must be preparing your speech and I write to you because after two and a half years of listening to excuses I need to say my piece. Mr Prime Minister, your party is a product of a revolution. I missed the earlier revolutions of our political history. The first one I witnessed was the movement for the restoration of judges. I remember ...

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Pakistan’s ticking media bomb

It is rather disturbing to see television show anchors pretending to be political analysts. Their so-called analysis is usually hype-creating propaganda. Somehow, they have developed the notion that they are superior to politicians and their naive, idealistic ideas are the solution to Pakistan’s problems. They demean politicians to the extent that self-respecting political leaders have stopped appearing on guest panels. This in turn leads to the anchor of one television channel appearing as analysts on another channel as guests. Without any political background or knowledge, they go on harping about the future of Pakistan, not realising the consequences of ...

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In defense of the status quo

Right now, news of a possible regime change is dominating the mainstream media. Active enthusiasm in some quarters shows that euphoria after the elections of  February 18, 2008 has fully subsided and has been replaced by plain disgust. If the demographics of the wary public are to be taken into consideration, it is again some sections of the affluent middle class which are pressing for the regime change and are ready to support even unconstitutional means. However, this time the buck does not seem to stop at regime change as a sizeable number either wants democracy to be completely purged or at least temporarily ...

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Go, Musharraf go… once more

October 1 is set to be a momentous day when the erstwhile General Musharraf will return to the Pakistani political stage in a long-awaited and much speculated campaign. Musharraf’s entry into the political arena is exciting news for his new army. This new army is neither armed nor khaaki clad; this army of ‘Musharrafites‘ or ‘Mushies’ for short, emanate from the educated middle and upper class who view him as a saviour from all the ills that plague us today. This new army, primarily Facebook based, is eager to welcome him back into the country citing his previous stint in office ...

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A (fake) revolution

For the sake of the upcoming generations of Pakistan, this is a plea to rulers to look ahead and use this opportunity to do their best to wash away some of their nasty political past. The saddest chapter of this shameful crisis was the discrimination towards the Higher Education Commission’s chairman and his brother. The names of elected MNA’s, MPA’s and Senators of Pakistan continue to be added to the list of fake degree holders being discovered daily by educational institutes. HEC has the opportunity to make a difference in Pakistan and bring us the much awaited ‘educational revolution’ at least, if not a ...

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Strengthening medico-legal evidence

Not a single day passes without news items blackening the pages and our media screens about violent deaths and assaults on women and children.. Editorials cover issues from domestic violence to karo-kari and jirga induced lawlessness. Only recently an 18-year-old girl, who worked as a domestic worker, was raped and murdered in Lahore. Pakistan’s youth (between the ages of 14-24) is the largest bulk of the population. An Aahing report(2007)  also shows that girls between 12 to 20 years are at the highest risk of being subjected to sexual crimes of rape. Boys are more susceptible to sexual assault at a ...

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Sindh’s daughters raped as judiciary stands by

If the condition of any society is to be judged by the way it treats its vulnerable and infirm than the level of violence against women and rape paints a very grim picture of the Pakistani society. Kainat Soomro’s story reflects the complex family and feudal interaction in cases particularly in Sindh. The 14-year-old 9th grade student was gang raped in 2007 but her case has gone on for years with dramatic twists and turns in which the culprits were released and later rearrested. Her brother was indicted in false cases and her entire immediate family has sought asylum ...

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