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 banning of YouTube is far more likely to inconvenience teenagers searching for music videos than to deter Pakistanis seeking Innocence of Muslims.
It is neither wine nor swine but critical thought that is the greatest taboo for today’s Muslim, writes Yousuf Nasim.
The 1947 Act is one of the most important Constitutional documents in the history of Pakistan. Yet, politically and socially, it is a liability.
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.
It is not sensible to criminalise differing beliefs in the vague hope that it will dissuade people from adopting them in the first place.
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.
Presidential Immunity could not be treated as not central to the case - its substance could not have been overlooked by the Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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.
Today, FATA stands a world apart. It is a place where punishment need have no justification or evidence to support it.
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.
Public confidence in the legal system is plummeting. There is, effectively, no access to justice for the vast majority of Pakistanis.
Our courts and our government should concern themselves with violations of the laws of Pakistan, not the laws of Switzerland.
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