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

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

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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Zardari cannot hold 2 post, step down as PPP co-Chairman: LHC

By Rana Tanveer

LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday asked President Asif Ali Zardari to dissociate himself from political activities by September 5.

The bench was hearing a contempt of court petition against President Zardari for holding dual offices, as president of Pakistan and co-chairman of the . . . → Read More: Zardari cannot hold 2 post, step down as PPP co-Chairman: LHC

Disruption in democracy

IN disqualifying a sitting, democratically elected prime minister, the Supreme Court has taken an extraordinary — and unfortunate — step.

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Pakistan, Karachi: PM Vs CJ

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani cautioned the apex court on Monday to remain within its constitutional bounds lest it provokes a clash between the three tiers of government.

“The powers of all institutions are described clearly in the constitution,” said the prime minister, while addressing the Supreme Court Bar Association at the auditorium . . . → Read More: Pakistan, Karachi: PM Vs CJ

Forget Governance: Pakistan’s civilian politicians know nothing about security and sovereignty

But still, they are what the people of Pakistan voted for… well, 56% of them anyway – the rest were bogus votes.

Hurray for the parliament! Hurray for Pakistan’s democracy! The Army has finally been cowed down! The ISI has its tail between its legs, and its DG has surrendered! Hurray for Pakistan! Oh . . . → Read More: Forget Governance: Pakistan’s civilian politicians know nothing about security and sovereignty

Judiciary’s regulatory role misperceived: Chief Justice

It is often misunderstood that the judiciary takes action against measures taken by the executive, but it is the constitution which provides this important role to the judiciary for regulating the state machinery, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Sunday. He was addressing the concluding session of the three-day National Judicial Conference.

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HO HUM

The dictionary explains ‘ho hum’ as being an ‘expression of tediousness or boredom’. Ho Hum, therefore, best describes the state of minds in Pakistan. There was a time several months ago when the media, political aspirants and others created the hype of an imminent change of government. Media debates and writings ranged over various possibilities. . . . → Read More: HO HUM