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Let Glory Be The CJ`s – Abbas Nasir

CHIEF Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry seems determined to end his long and eventful tenure in a blaze of glory. In the process, there is hope that at least some of the hundreds of missing people would get some relief. Perhaps more significantly,…

Sedition & Democracy – A.G. Noorani

IT is truly astonishing that throughout the Third World leaders of the freedom movement, who suffered under repressive laws framed by their colonial masters, had no qualms whatsoever in retaining those very laws on the statute book and…

New Face, Same Body – Nadir Hassan

No one knows the process by which Nawaz Sharif chose his new chief of army staff. He could have carefully vetted the candidates and assessed their relative merits and weaknesses or he could have just thrown darts at their photos and then…

Suo Motued Again – Babar Sattar

THE much-anticipated change of guard at the Supreme Court brings with it hope and fresh expectation. The idealism and promise of change cultivated by the rule of law movement and steadily squandered in the years following the restoration of…

Missing persons vs drones

They may well have stepped out of some forgotten Greek tragedy. There they were, cheated by fate in a forlorn land. Their ordeal was exceptional and stunning in the context of human experience. But a country that is so easily provoked by…

Crossing the red line

MALIK Saeed Hasan is a legendary figure in the Lahore High Court Bar Association who has many quotable quotes to his credit. But the one often repeated is his proud announcement that he has only one principle and that is not to follow any…

A safe exit for Musharraf?

With the grant of bail to Musharraf on November 4 in the Lal Masjid case, the former military dictator is again a free man after six months of detention at his luxurious Chak Shehzad ‘farmhouse’. He had earlier also been given bail in three…

Local Imperatives

The Supreme Court of Pakistan instructed the provincial authorities in April 2012 to hold local government elections “without delay”. The reason was simple. The provinces had long been delaying the legislative process and the holding of…