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Ameer Bhutto

The Case Of Gilani

The law defines the defiance and disobedience of court rulings or directives as contempt of court and provides a well charted course of action against the offenders. But what does one call an attempt to stifle and obstruct the natural,…

How To Make A Mockery Of The Law

Common decency and democratic custom required that the prime minister tender his resignation after the Supreme Court convicted him of contempt of court. World leaders have resigned on far lesser grounds as a matter of principle, even on the…

The Doomsday Prophets

It is, perhaps, a sign of the times we live in that those who point out the moral, political, legal and ethical bankruptcy of the present system, hold the crooked politicians who run it responsible for the prevailing mess, and advocate…

Political And Legal Contortionism

I watched a show on television some time ago in which a young contortionist, in an amazing display of flaccidity and litheness, passed his entire body through the frame of a tennis racket. It was an incredible sight. Prime Minister Yousuf…

Remaking Or Unmaking Pakistan?

Pakistan badly needs overhaul and uplift to rescue and revive it. Through decades of misrule and mismanagement, it has suffered grievous harm. A way has to be found to arrest the rapidly permeating rot and decay that has set in. The main…

Activism, Restraint And Justice

Despite accusations of judicial activism, the Supreme Court has in fact demonstrated far more restraint than was warranted. Firstly, the five-member bench hearing the NRO implementation case was fully competent to issue a verdict in the…

Out Of The Crooked Timber

A few days after my last article was published (“A Revolution Without A Revolution,” Dec 3), a friend sent me an SMS saying, “I see this revolution going far!” His words dripped with sarcasm, mocking at my view that change was imminent. He…

Revolution Without A Revolution?

The charge sheet against this government could not be more damning had it been concocted by its opponents: record-breaking corruption, incompetence that has to be seen to be believed, undermining of state institutions to the extent of…

The Instruments Of Change

Change is coming That is the tune everyone is humming these days in the wake of the massive rallies in Lahore by the PML-N and the PTI that illustrated pubic anger and frustration at the vortex of hitherto unimaginable corruption,…

The Chains That Bind Us

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta fired the first salvo, threatening that the United States would directly deal with the Haqqani network if Pakistan does not. Admiral Mike Mullen chimed in, accusing the ISI of complicity in carrying out the…