Amber Darr

Democracy matters

A true democracy has several mechanisms for eliciting public opinion.

An alien justice

‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves’ —William Shakespeare, Julius CaesarNO matter...

Judicial accountability

THAT the honourable judges of the Supreme Court continue to bask in their post-2007 independence was evident at the...

Taming of the lawyers

IN recent years, reports of lawyers taking the law into their own hands, harassing judges and going on strike for...

Lands beyond the law

MUZAFFARGARH and Khuzdar, separated as they are by more than 600 kilometres, do not immediately appear to have much...

An unequal people

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” — George Orwell, Animal Farm THE...

Woman on the bench

JUSTICE Ashraf Jahan made history as she took oath as the first female judge to be appointed to Pakistan’s Federal...

Not above the law

IN recent weeks, the superior judiciary of Pakistan, and indeed the chief justice himself, has come under...

Professionals wanted

ANYONE scouring the newspapers in search of job opportunities is bound to have noticed the rather colourful...

Judiciary goes native

IT is perhaps little known outside of legal circles, that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has recently initiated a...

How to build a state

IN a statement released to the press in the wake of the gruesome massacre of Shia Hazaras in Quetta, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif declared, rather ominously, that Pakistan was on the verge of turning into a “failed state”.

The investor’s exchange

A SOMEWHAT underplayed, but certainly significant corollary of last week’s political turmoil was its impact on the Pakistani stock market.

In courts we trust

IT is perhaps an unwitting consequence of the lawyers’ movement and the tussle between the executive and the judiciary, that even an ordinary person, not otherwise concerned with the law, has become familiar with

Partners in law

IN a recent press release, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan announced the incorporation of 320 new companies in the month of October.

The fractured nexus

ON March 10, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, whilst addressing newly enrolled advocates of the Supreme Court in Islamabad, stated, that “the nexus between the bench and the bar is very strong and the

An unfulfilled mandate

“DOES the bar have a mandate?” was the question posed to me when I mentioned the title of this article to a colleague.

The overriding objective

IN 1996, after extensive consultations with a law review committee of which he was the head, Lord Woolf, the then second-most senior judge in England

The ethical lawyer

The challenge to us as lawyers is not to degrade the principles and the values we hold civilised by failing in...

Raising the bar

MARCH 9, 2007 was a watershed in Pakistan`s history not only because on that day a judge defied an all-powerful...

In the name of the people

WHETHER it is the case of the National Reconciliation Ordinance, the contract for the supply of liquefied natural ...