LEGAL ISSUES

Ishaq Dar interview: PEMRA issues notices to channels after uproar

December 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Following criticism from journalists and PFUJ, PEMRA has issued show-cause notices to news channels for broadcasting excerpts of former federal minister Ishaq Dar’s interview despite a ban on broadcasting speeches of proclaimed offenders.

New anti-rape laws will ensure fair investigation, speedy trial: Ali Zafar

December 2nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Watch our debate on the new anti-rape laws with PTI leader and lawyer Ali Zafar, executive director Asma Jahangir legal aid cell Nida Aly and Omar Maniar.

Protests in front of Balochistan Assembly prompt FIR over killing of youth

A 17 year old youth was killed due to firing by the FC Corps at the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman, leading to even more protests by the already agitated public. The problem only quelled after a protest at Balochistan Assembly led to the filing of a FIR - albeit vague - against the FC personals.

Empowering humans with words of laws

November 30th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Graduates receive certificates for paralegal training from the Asma Jahangir Legal Aid cell (AGHS) and explain how the paralegal course has helped make a difference in their community.

Rani Bibi: Condemned to be Free

Rani was arrested and charged with the murder of her husband. Even though the police found no physical evidence connecting her to the crime, she was still arrested and even convicted. The only reasons given were that she was last seen with her husband before his disappearance. Not only did the legal system pin the crime of murder on a minor girl and jailed her for so long, it also ignored her appeals.

Sindh Bar Council elections back on track after protests die down

According to the notification released on Friday in Karachi, RO Salman Talibuddin, also the Advocate General (AG) Sindh, said that no member would be allowed entry to cast votes in the polling area without wearing a mask and will have to provide satisfactory evidence of being enrolled with the SBC.

Why rush rape legislation through ordinance, ask activists

November 25th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Women rights activists have questioned logic of rushing through the new rape legislation by ordinances which cleared another hurdle for promulgation with approval of the federal cabinet committee on legislative cases on Wednesday.

‘Nobody has the right to speak against the State: Peshawar High Court

November 24th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; While hearing the bail cancellation appeal of activist Gulalai Ismail’s father, the Peshawar High Court has observed neither a citizen has any right to speak against the State nor the court will grant anyone the right to speak against the State.

Plea against PEMRA ban put off till Dec 16

November 19th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court has adjourned the hearing of a petition by the HRCP and PFUJ against the PEMRA’s ban on broadcasting speeches by proclaimed offenders and absconders till December 16.

FIR against journalist Asad Toor pointless: LHC

November 18th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Lahore High Court has ruled that a police complaint against Asad Ali Toor, a journalist, for defaming the military has become infructuous saying no evidence was found to support the accusation.

Judge informs CJP of abusive lawyers

November 17th, 2020; BUREAU REPORT; LAHORE; A woman judge, Dr. Sajida Ahmad, posted at Fateh Jhang, Attock has written an open letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan narrating alleged instances of abuse and extreme harassment being faced by both male and female judges of the lower courts.

Govt held no consultation on Journalists Protection Bill: PFUJ

November 12th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz has recently announced that the Journalists Protection Bill 2020 will be submitted in parliament for approval soon but the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists says journalists were not consulted on the proposed law.

Convicted prisoners cant access medical facilities; petition filed

November 12th, 2020; Bureau Report; PESHAWAR; Shabbir Gigyani, senior Peshawar lawyer has filed a petition against a serious lack of medical facilities for those convicted by military courts. There are at least 50 inmates who are suffering from medical complications but have not gotten treatment, which is a violation of their basic human rights.

Ali Zafar Refutes Yasin’s Claim, Yasin maintains his stance.

November 7th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Adv Ali Zafar, (Insaf lawyers) has denied claims made by Yasin Azad, ex-president of SCBA that PM Imran ever asked a lawyers' delegation help for the removal of Qazi Faez Isa or strict action against Mir Shakil. Azad maintains his stance.

North Waziristan: Police fail to register FIR of fellow official due to a month-long strike

November 2nd, 2020; By Kamran Ali; NORTH WAZIRISTAN; A police official was abducted and killed in Mirali area of N.Waziristan by unknown men on October 28th. The police haven’t even registered the FIR of their colleague’s murder even after the lapse 5 days as they are on strike for the last one month.

KP mulls draft law for jirgas in merged districts but opposition calls it lip service

October 29th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is considering a draft law for the resolution of local issues through Jirgas in the merged tribal districts but the opposition says the draft law is an attempt to hide government negligence in the provision of infrastructure.

30-day paternal leave law clears another hurdle

October 28th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A first-ever law on allowing 30-day leave for expecting fathers on the birth of a child has cleared another hurdle after approval from the National Assembly committee on law and justice.

Sindh IGP’s abduction: IA Rehman files plea in SC for judicial commission

October 27th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; In a petition, human rights activist I A Rehman has approached the Supreme Court for the constitution of a judicial commission into the controversy about the alleged abduction of Sindh Inspector General of Police on October 19.

KP lawyers extend strike against amendments in CCP

October 26th, 2020; Bureau Report; PESHAWAR; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lawyers have been protesting against the amendments in the Code of Civil Procedure for the last few days. The lawyers said that the changes in the law would make the life of litigants more difficult and revive the Jirga system in the province.

‘President, Law Minister, SAPM must quit over SC verdict’

October 24th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In response to the detailed verdict of the Supreme Court on a petition of Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, Pakistan Bar Council leaders have called for immediate resignations of President, Law Minister, and Special Assistant to the PM but other senior lawyers say allegations of misconduct have not come to rest with the judgment.

Civil society expresses reservations on severe penalties in child sexual abuse cases

October 22nd, 2020; Bureau report; PESHAWAR; The KP govt has proposed amendments to the Child Protection Act to include harsher penalties, such as public executions, which civil society activists say is unconstitutional

Sindh Bar Council calls for suo motu over ‘creeping martial law’

October 21st, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Sindh Bar Council has called upon the Chief Justice of Pakistan to order a judicial inquiry into the reported military intervention in policing in the province.

Safdar freed on bail after arrest for desecrating Quaid’s tomb

October 19th, 2020; By Shaukat Korai; KARACHI; Karachi police raided the hotel where Safdar was staying with his wife Maryam. According to a tweet by Maryam Nawaz, police had barged into the room to arrest her husband while the couple was sleeping

Lawyers react to FIR against PML-N leader Capt (Retd.) Safdar

While commenting on the arrest of PML-N leader Capt. (Retd) Safdar senior lawyers have said that even though there is a law to protect the sanctity of the Quaid's mausoleum any FIR registered under pressure has no legal standing.

For Waziristani students a bleak and dismal future

Students from South-Waziristan are raising their voices over what they say is a blow to their academic futures thanks to the lack of quality internet in their region. Earlier on April 2, the students staged protests outside the Wana Press ...

Against my will, in the land of pure

Yazman Mandi a gateway to the great desert of Cholistan, was recently the scene of panic after a 15-year-old Hindu girl, Bhambo Mai was kidnapped and taken away to Faisalabad.

Axed to Death

Three of Khairpur's women have been killed within a matter of 24 hours over accusations of honour killing.
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قبر میں بھی ماں نے شیر خوار بچے کو سینے سے لگا کے رکھا

ایمن کے شوہر مختیار حسین اس اندوہناک سانحے کے بعد سے شدید غم اور کرب کی کیفیت میں مبتلا ہیں مگر وہ اپنی دنیا اجاڑنے والوں کو سزا دلوانے کے لئے کسی بھی حد تک جانے کا ارادہ رکھتے ہیں

Free to be: Do women feel safe in public spaces?

February 25, 2020 By Xari Jalil LAHORE When Sana* bought tickets for the recently held Solis Festival in Islamabad, she had no idea what she would end up encountering. From being groped,...

In the name of faith

January 19, 2020 By Xari Jalil KARACHI Nagina Bibi cannot sleep properly, not knowing where her little girl is. Huma Younus, 14, a student of the eighth grade was abducted on October...

Women’s Right to Inheritance: Patriarchy still a hindrance

January 17, 2020 By Ahmed Saeed LAHORE When Rang Elahi – a landlord based in Lahore passed away in June 1990 - it was discovered that he had not made any will...

Will the Zainab Alert Bill 2019 protect Pakistan’s children?

Under these dire circumstances, it is society’s obligation to raise questions concerning the promises made by the State to ensure the protection of its children through multiple laws and policies that, to this date, have yielded very little positive change.

PIC Clash – An In-Depth Story

Immediately after the initial clash between doctors and lawyers at the PIC on Nov 23, doctors had issued a formal apology to lawyers. However, a video of a young doctor poking fun at the lawyers’ helplessness during the Nov 23 incident went viral, incensing lawyers.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s case exposes underbelly of dirty surveillance tactics

Pakistan has a history of covert operations carried against governments, politicians, activists and even common citizens. In 1998, the Supreme Court held that covert surveillance of judges and information gathered through nefarious means, such as eavesdropping by the agencies, phone tapping and intimidation were ample reasons and sufficient grounds for the dissolution of the Benazir Bhutto government. It said that Bhutto has been accused of receiving sealed envelopes with sensitive and private information.

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bonded Labour in Pakistan

The grind is the same during the summer months. Calluses and scars have marked the workers’ bodies, but there is no stopping. At least a thousand bricks a day must be made or the quota will not be met.

“They forced me down…all I did was pray”

It felt like a mountain had crumbled down on the family as they were stuck between the girl’s misery and pain, and how the others would think of them. “It took them five whole days to realize that the right way to go forward was to try and access justice for Maria,” says Mehwish.

Children of the kiln

Whether it is the scorching heat of the summer sun, or the bitter cold of the winter dawn, even those who are as young as eight or ten years old  must help make bricks so that the family gets enough daily wages.

When brute force attacks

According to Section 354 of the Pakistan Penal Code whoever intends to assault or use criminal force against a woman intending to or of the knowledge to outrage her modesty in public, shall be punished with imprisonment for upto 2 years or more, and/or with fine.

COVID Watch | 3rd December 2020

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10 doctors succumb to COVID-19 in past 5 days, six of whom breathed their last on November 29. The Pakistan Medical Association revealed that so far 18 doctors have fallen victim to the novel coronavirus disease in the second wave.
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Rights Watch | 3rd December 2020

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Sindh High Court orders simplified SOP for investigative practices in rape and assault cases. While the Supreme Court had earlier called for reforms in existing investigation methods for sex crimes, the order has yet to be implemented.
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Is Nawaz’s battle cry for salvation or civilian supremacy

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October 17th, 2020; By Munizae Jahangir; LAHORE; In an unprecedented first, Punjab’s most popular leader called out a sitting army head, Qamar Bajwa & ISI Chief General Faiz on meddling in politics, kidnapping journalists, & pressurizing the judiciary

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A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

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