Yousuf Nasim

Assigning blame where blame is due

Why should families of calamity struck victims have to depend upon the interdiction of a benevolent overseer, rather than their birth-right to access the legal system?

The enemy of convenience

The banning of YouTube is far more likely to inconvenience teenagers searching for music videos than to deter Pakistanis seeking Innocence of Muslims.

The heavy burden of Rimsha

It is neither wine nor swine but critical thought that is the greatest taboo for today’s Muslim, writes Yousuf Nasim.

The Independence Act

The 1947 Act is one of the most important Constitutional documents in the history of Pakistan. Yet, politically and socially, it is a liability.

Analysis: Culling the contempt law

Though the conclusion of the Supreme Court on the Contempt of Court Act was a predictable one, the reasoning by which it came about raises many questions.

Tolerable inequalities

It is not sensible to criminalise differing beliefs in the vague hope that it will dissuade people from adopting them in the first place.

Independence and accountability

A viable procedure needs to be formulated which assures that all superior court decisions are free of influence from both the ‘Public’ and the ‘Private’ sphere.

The Katju debate

Presidential Immunity could not be treated as not central to the case - its substance could not have been overlooked by the Supreme Court.

Public perceptions

There is hesitancy within the legal community to confront the notion that the judiciary’s actions may no longer carry with it the consent of the Pakistani public.

Means to an end

The sparse amount of thought put into developing a legal basis for the suo motu procedure is reflective of the manner in which it is understood by legal practitioners.

In a perfect world

What we need from the Supreme Court today is a precedent for the future - an example of how things will be handled differently from now on.

The Tenth Circle of Hell

Today, FATA stands a world apart. It is a place where punishment need have no justification or evidence to support it.

Flaying court orders

The Pakistani public feels entitled to question and comment on judicial determinations made by the apex court – and the point is not lost on the court itself.

Back to basics

Public confidence in the legal system is plummeting. There is, effectively, no access to justice for the vast majority of Pakistanis.

Playing monopoly

Our courts and our government should concern themselves with violations of the laws of Pakistan, not the laws of Switzerland.

Contents of the Mumbai dossier

An intelligence dossier - which compiles and collates the details of the tragic Mumbai attacks of November 26 and ...