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PM Makes History

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani stands convicted. The jubilant herd of supporters that accompanied him to the court, showering him with rose petals, returned after his conviction as if the court had been vanquished. Years from now when…

Condemned Unheard?

It is a basic principle of criminal law that you cannot be convicted of something with which you have not been charged. If I am charged with theft and tried for theft, I cannot be convicted of murder. The reasons underlying this principle…

Another Badge Of Honour

What was the point of taking note of the contempt matter and dragging it on for months if all the gumption that the Supreme Court was capable of was inflicting 30 seconds of shame? This is the gist of one set of criticisms of the prime…

One Happy Convict

Thank you lord, but not my lords, for bringing the contempt case to a close. Well, almost. The prime minister apparently got what he deserved for willfully trashing the verdict of not one judge or two but the full bench of the highest court…

Articles 62 And 63

I am not a legal expert but as a citizen and a keen student of my country’s political history, I have an opinion on Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Apparently, the court has not invoked Article 63(1)g directly and…

A Besieged Country

Even a cursory glance at what is happening around us on a daily basis would make us feel that Pakistan is a besieged country while its leadership is trying multiple remedies only to plunge it deeper into haemorrhaging. So, should one…

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…

Judging The Sovereign

I had the privilege of moving a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of a deplorable legislation, not because I had an animus against any particular person. Nor did I stand to personally gain anything. I did so because, as…

Hollow Talk Of Democracy

There is a saying in Sindhi that ‘to hell with the gold earrings which split the ears.’ Who are the ad nauseum trumpet players of democracy? The answer hits us in the face: They are mainly those who are soaked from head to toe in crime, who…