THE SHARIF ‘SIAPA’

By Ghalib Sultan

‘Siapa’ is a wonderfully expressive Punjabi word almost impossible to accurately translate into English. It means a development or situation full of interconnected problems, difficulties, contradictions and intrigues — not easy to resolve and not easy to live with. Why should the elections that catapulted the Sharifs to power be a ‘siapa’?

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The SC shouldn’t censor media through contempt of court charges

Broad Contempt Powers Used to Censor Press.

Pakistan’s judges should cease using their contempt of court powers to prevent the media from airing programming critical of the judiciary, Human Rights Watch said today.

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When will we attain Independence of Judiciary

By Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan

Not merely an abstract idea

After forty years of serving as a judge, I still ponder and reflect as to whether our judiciary is truly independent or not.

Sixty five years back, the nation became independent and these past sixty five years it has spent in knowing as to whether . . . → Read More: When will we attain Independence of Judiciary

Pakistan Police: Improving performance through legislative reforms

A series of unfortunate events have brought Pakistan to a position where it is in a continuous state of war. It is currently fighting off forces of economic slump, social dissatisfaction, political instability and an epidemic of local and foreign militants. The Pakistani government, people, and even foreign agencies can be seen . . . → Read More: Pakistan Police: Improving performance through legislative reforms

The geek’s guide to trouble-shooting Pakistan

I am a certified computer geek. I think and speak in computer lingo. I view the world and its affairs in terms of computer systems and networks. Recently I started drawing parallels between a nation-state and a computer operating system. State machinery needs to be built in the same systematic and delicate way a processor . . . → Read More: The geek’s guide to trouble-shooting Pakistan

Islam: No punishment for blasphemy

By Hassan Naqvi

Blasphemy law has been hovering the free soul spirits now and again, drifting back into the formation of this law, heads droop down on finding its non-existent implementation in Quran and Sunnah. Who took up the charge and declared the implementation of such sensitized issue? Where their root does belongs from? And . . . → Read More: Islam: No punishment for blasphemy

Sindh Assembly approves local govt law

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Monday adopted the new local government law amid uproar as lawmakers belonging to the estranged coalition partners who have parted ways over the promulgation of the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance 2012 raised slogans against the bill and staged a sit-in on the floor of the house.

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PIA: financial discrepancies, SC takes suo moto

By Azam Khan

ISLAMABAD: Taking suo motu notice over Transparency International Pakistan’s (TIP) allegations regarding financial irregularities in deals of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the Supreme Court issued summons to the airline’s Chairman Rao Qamar Suleman and fixed the hearing for the second week of October.

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Raja Pervez Ashraf to appear in front of court

ISLAMABAD: Federal minister of Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the constitution is supreme and the Parliament is the constitution-making institution.

He said the Prime Minister would appear in court on 18th September and accept whatever ruling the court issues.

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One vote: one step closer

The state of affairs in Pakistan does not permit its residents to remain aloof from politics. Insecurity and job instability in a country with double digit inflation is a rising concern for many middle class families and even upper class families have begun to fear for their future. Energy shortages and red tape has shut . . . → Read More: One vote: one step closer