ایک جانور بھی کسی جگہ رہتا ہے تو اسے اس جگہ سے کچھ نہ کچھ لگاؤ ہو جاتا ہے۔ مگر یہ پاکستان کیسا ملک ہے، اس کے اشرافی طبقات کو ستر برس بعد بھی اس ملک، اس کی زمین، اس کے لوگوں سے ذرا بھی تعلق نہیں۔ ملک کی سیاست اور معیشت پر نظر ڈالیں تو یوں محسوس ہوتا ہے کہ جیسے مالِ غنیمت کو لوٹنے کی دوڑ لگی ہوئی ہے، اور یہی وہ سبب ہے کہ ہر ادارہ سیاسی ریشہ دوانیوں سے گہنایا ہوا ہے۔
چند برس قبل، میں نے پاکستان میں بائیں بازو کی جماعتوں کی مختلف دستاویزات دوبارہ دیکھنی شروع کیں، جن میں ان کی طرف سے شائع ہونے والے تجزیات، رپورٹیں، سالانہ جائزے، وغیرہ، شامل تھے۔ یہ چیزیں میرے پاس پہلے سے دستیاب تھیں، کیونکہ میں خود بائیں بازو سے وابستہ رہا تھا۔
ان دستاویزات کے مطالعے کے دوران، جس چیز نے مجھے اپنی طرف متوجہ کیا، وہ ’’آئین‘‘ کے ذکر کا مفقود ہونا تھا۔ ان میں قریب قریب تمام دستاویزات 1973 کے بعد سے تعلق رکھتی تھیں، مگر ان کے پس منظر میں ’’آئین‘‘ کہیں …
Since long, a controversy has been raging as to what kind of state Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah wanted Pakistan to be: a religious state or a secular state. Fortunately, that controversy precludes certain extremes, for instance, it is generally understood and admitted that Quaid never wanted Pakistan to be a theocratic or a socialist state. That amounts to saying that the controversy focuses mainly on whether it was an “Islamic” state or a “secular” state that Quaid may have envisioned.
That controversy has its roots in what Quaid himself said, that is, the speeches and addresses he delivered on various …
آج (4 اکتوبر،2017ئ، کو) ”ڈان“ میں ایک چھوٹی سی خبر شائع ہوئی ہے۔ سرخی یہ ہے: غیرمصدقہ نمبر پلیٹوں پر یلغار (”کریک ڈاؤن“) شروع۔ تفصیل اس خبر کی یہ ہے کہ چیف ٹریفک آفیسر نے منگل کو وارڈنز کو غیر مصدقہ نمبر پلیٹوں کی حامل موٹر بائیکوں اور دوسری گاڑیوں پر یلغار میں شدت لانے کی ہدایت کی۔ ٹریفک پولیس کے مطابق اس یلغار میں شد ت لانا اس لیے ضروری ہے، کیونکہ غیرمصدقہ نمبر پلیٹوں والی گاڑیاں دہشت گردی کے لیے استعمال ہوتی ہیں۔
اس خبر نے مہمیز کا کام کیا۔ میں اس معاملے پر گذشتہ …
As far as the interpretation of the article 184 is concerned, common-sense understanding is altogether different. It has three clauses that form the whole of this article. Its title is: The Original Jurisdiction of Supreme Court.
The first clause states: (1) The Supreme Court shall, to the exclusion of every other court, have original jurisdiction in any dispute between any two or more governments.
The second clause states: (2) In the exercise of the jurisdiction conferred on it by clause (1), the Supreme Court shall pronounce declaratory judgments only.
The third and the last clause states: (3) Without prejudice to …
ISLAMABAD: State emerges from society so it has no right to make the society hostage and start supporting non-state actors who are a threat to the society. As even political parties do not follow the Constitution, there is a need to have a new social contract to run the country.
With JUI (F), MQM, and PML (Q) once again out to test their gamesmanship, and ANP, PML (N), the Army, and the political-religious parties outside waiting in the wings, it seems Pakistan is all set to brace for another bout of political crisis – leaving us the people bewildered what the hell is the direction they are all moving Pakistan into!
That there is no sense of direction in what is happening or cooking to happen is not far from the truth. An 18th Amendment, a 7th NFC Award, autonomous status
This April a bill was submitted in the National Assembly which is yet another attempt to make the citizens of Pakistan “loyal” to it. The bill seeks to amend the Article 63 of the Constitution – an article that sets the criteria for the members of parliament and provincial assemblies. The bill requires that any person who holds dual nationality and owns bank accounts and assets in countries other than Pakistan will not be able to be a member of the parliament and provincial assemblies as well as public service, both civil and military. It …
While the Pakistani NGOs seek the Right to Information Law, the likes of “Wikileaks” are wikileaking clandestine governments!
The latest ‘leaks’ of Wikileaks provide a historical opportunity to re-consider many a taken for granted truths!
This writing too intends to discuss afresh some such propositions which relates to the affairs of the governments. For instance, whether governments are justified in keeping various types of information secret. In Pakistan and maybe in other such countries also, this is an accepted truth. People outside governments than those inside seem more convinced in this regard. That is to be more loyalist than the
LONDON: Shortly before 17:30 on Sept 16, 2010, Dr Imran Farooq was on his way home from work when he was murdered outside his home in Green Lane, Edgware, in north London. As the police subsequently reported, a post-mortem gave his cause of death as multiple
With time, disconnect with the Pakistan Peoples Party is widening. The more one listens to news and reads newspapers, the more one is convinced of the distending communication gap between the PPP and non-PPP camps. It seems both of them are talking to themselves only. Watching talk shows on TV channels, where representatives from both camps talk face to face, is an experience these days as they appear to be an exercise in monologic dialogue, without communicating a bit!
No doubt, both camps are talking quite heavily meaningfully. When Khawaja Saad Rafique, or anyone from the Pakistan Muslim League (N),
Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none
-Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826.
American people create abundant wealth. So, they are prosperous and happy. It is only because they are economically freer than many nations on earth. In consequence, that makes them politically freer. What makes all that possible is their declaration of independence, constitution, bill of rights, and their independent courts, which promptly ensure the continuance of rule of law, which in turn help a free media to exist, and it is this combination that guarantees personal freedoms
Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to the pressures of the times. – Warren E. Burger (1907-1995), Chief Justice, US Supreme Court.
The best thing that explains the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) July 20 judgment is: it is never too late to mend. As is being claimed, the judgment is historic, it is daring, it is a people’s verdict, and a turning point in Pakistan’s history. Of course, it is all these or maybe more, but things are meaningful only in a context. Without context, they lose their import. This is
Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to the pressures of the times.
– Warren E. Burger (1907-1995), Chief Justice, US Supreme Court.
The best thing that explains the Supreme Court’s (SC’s) July 20 judgment is: it is never too late to mend. As is being claimed, the judgment is historic, it is daring, it is a people’s verdict, and a turning point in Pakistan’s history. Of course, it is all these or maybe more, but things are meaningful only in a