Oct 112017

ISLAMABAD: A constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) decision not confirm job  to Lahore High Court (LHC) female judge Erum Sajjad Gul. The petition has been filed by former LHC judge Nasira Iqbal through Shah Khawar advocate under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution against the commission’s decision not confirm the job of LHC female judge. Erum worked as LHC judge for two years. The plea states that non-confirmation of Justice Erum Sajjad Gul is clear violation of Article 25 of the Constitution and it is major setback for women in Pakistan and discouraging female lawyers that they are not competent to be high court judges. G-B’s first female judge: Amna Zamir – making her mark in a male-dominated world It is contended that she was a competent judge but she was not confirmed for the unknown reasons. The petition also states that the apex court’s senior most judge had left a note that all judges seeking confirmation be confirmed but the JCP gave no weightage to the note left by him. It is also submitted that the Parliamentary Committee unanimously sent the matter to the commission for reconsideration of her confirmation. The petitioner requested the top court to set aside JCP’s May 4 decision for not confirming the job of the female judge and directed the commission to decide the matter sent by the Parliamentary Committee. The post Female LHC judge challenges decision to not confirm her appeared first on [Read More…]

Sep 142017

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) observed, on Thursday, that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not submit any documentary evidence in the apex court to substantiate his ‘oral’ claim of not using any salary from his son’s UAE-based company Capital FZE. “When it is mentioned in the agreement that Nawaz Sharif will be entitled to a salary then how can we determine through an oral submission that he had no intention to withdraw it,” top court judge Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan questioned Khawaja Haris, the counsel for deposed PM, during the hearing of two review petitions filed by the ruling family. “There should be a document in black and white under Article 103 of Qanoon-i-Shahadat 1984 that he had no intention to withdraw the salary.” Accountability court summons Sharif family in two more graft cases Referring to a document attached in Volume IX of the investigation report compiled by a six-member joint investigation team (JIT), another judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan said: “An account was opened by the company to disburse his remuneration and in August 2013 the salary was transferred [into the account].” However, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh observed that under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, the top court only decides cases on the basis of admitted facts and it would not go beyond the admitted facts. In his arguments, Haris contended that Sharif did not open the account to get salary. “The SC cannot disqualify a member of National Assembly under Article 62 (1) (f) on the basis of [Read More…]

Sep 112017

ISLAMABAD .: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday observed that the judges do not write judgments to settle scores. According to legal experts, the statement came in response to the recent remarks made by deposed premier Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. The CJP made this observation during his address on the occasion of the New Judicial year opening ceremony organised by the Supreme Court in Islamabad. The daughter of the ousted PM, in her critical rhetoric against the judiciary, said on Sunday that the judges’ oaths should now include words denoting that their decisions are ‘merit based and judicious’. Terming her father’s disqualification a joke, she wondered if the judges announced the decision because of some grudge or under pressure. Maryam Nawaz calls for changing judges’ oath In its landmark verdict earlier this year, the apex court’s five-judge larger bench had unanimously disqualified Sharif as PM due to his failure to disclose ‘unwithdrawn receivables, constituting assets’ in his nomination papers filed ahead of the 2013 general elections. “We serve the people of Pakistan and we serve the Constitution of Pakistan to the best of our understanding and ability. We do not write judgments to please, we do not write judgments to settle scores, we render judgments in the fine scales of justice,” Justice Nisar said. The CJP went on to explain that the Constitution provided system of governance to be run by three organs of the state including executive, legislature and judiciary. “The Constitution is supreme and each [Read More…]

Aug 182017
SC moved for release of Model Town killings? probe report

LAHORE: A Constitutional petition has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions to registrar of the Lahore High Court to release report of an inquiry conducted by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 112017
Strength in harmony

On Friday (Aug 11), National Minorities Day was observed in Pakistan. The minority groups celebrated the day and recalled the famous speech given by Quaid-e-Azam on 11 August 1947 while addressing the Constituent Assembly. They also recall the June 2014 verdict where the SC asked the then government to form a National Council for minorities’ rights. It is the responsibility of the nation to take relevant steps to safeguard the rights of minority groups. The people who are in majority must set an example of loyalty and brotherhood. It is hoped that all segments of Pakistan will live in peace. Wali Ejaz Nekokara (Islamabad) ***** Every year in Pakistan, National Minorities Day is celebrated on August 11. Three days before the independence of Pakistan, on August 11, 1947, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said the following words, “We are starting in the days when there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and equal citizens of one State”. The Quaid wanted a tolerant Pakistan. He wanted to see peace and harmony in the region. However, the recent chaos in the country hints at the fact that the Quaid’s vision has been dissipidated into nothingness. Now, the country has become a dismal picture of intolerance. The marginalised groups of the country are attacked. These groups live in fear. They often hid their identities to escape from the rage [Read More…]

Aug 012017
SC verdict in Panama case strengthened JI campaign: Siraj

LAHORE: Jamaat-i-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq has said the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama case has strengthened the JI campaign for a corruption-free Pakistan. Addressing the participants of the JI… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jul 122017
The JIT report

After the JIT report was put in the public domain, an unwarranted political commotion had been created. While the JIT’s report is being subjected to surgical dissection, the chairman of the PTI, without waiting for the due process to be completed, had started his mantra of demands. This isn’t the first time he had demanded the resignation of the PM. As a matter of fact, ever since the 2013 elections, he had been persistent in this demand. Now instead of waiting for the SC to assess the evidence, the impatient politicians have banded together repeating the PTI’s chief’s mantra. The political parties will be well advised not to repeat the politics of the 1980’s and 1990’s that derailed the strengthening of the civilian rule. It would be in their interest to let the due process takes its course and wait for the final judgment of the SC before making illegitimate demands at this point. My reading of the contents of the JIT report leads me to the conclusion that there are major gaps in this report. I am sure the SC and the bench investigating this case will be in a position to make a final objective judgment. But was the JIT supposed to make any recommendations? The answer is no. Its mandate was to find the truth about the case and present the facts sans any recommendation to the SC. With regard to the PTI, it is now becoming clear that the politicians surrounding its chief are all leftovers [Read More…]

Jul 122017
The JIT report

Every supposedly learned discussion on the JIT report begins with the unspoken assumption that the JIT report is correct, and concludes that the PM should therefore resign or be removed. If the SC, after it has given both the parties an opportunity of being heard, does indeed conclude that the report is correct, the PM will surely either resign or be removed and possibly even be tried on criminal charges. So what is the hurry? Why do so many seem so desperate that the PM either resign or be removed right now? The SC will hear the matter in less than a week. Why do so many not want to wait for the judgment of the SC in this very important matter? Ali Khan Karachi Click for detailed story

Jul 062017
Exploitative prophesies

This refers to the article, ‘Men who have seen tomorrow’, (Jul 3), by Syed Talat Hussain. The article talks the thought process of our political leaders and is an interesting piece to read. The writer’s analysis, of those who are making all kinds of forecasts or prophesies about the unknown future with respect to the outcomes of the investigation by the JIT, or the subsequent verdict to be given by the three honourable judges of the Supreme Court, is a must read for learning some hard lessons from it. The tendency to make such forecasts speaks volume about the maturity index of our politicians. Whether we like it or not, the credibility of the entire process of this investigation has become a subject of popular gossip. This has been heightened because of the amateurish forecasts of some of these leaders. Their behaviour had raised many eye brows about the fairness of the investigation carried out by the JIT. Do these individuals have links with some insiders? How can they be so certain about the outcomes of the JIT? How do they know what might be the verdict of the SC?   One is unhappy to say this yet it must be said. Our people are highly opinionated and emotional in any discourse – whether at the individual or the group or even at the institutional level. Uncharitable comments are made about others. This tramples with the mutual respect that is essential for cohesiveness in a society. In civilised societies, one would [Read More…]

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