Politics

‘SC will follow law and Constitution, not parties’ expectations’

‘SC will follow law and Constitution, not parties’ expectations’

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared that it would dispense justice in accordance with the law and Constitution, not based on the perceptions or expectations of any one party. Asking the court to dispense “true justice”, especially when parties in Pakistan were polarised along political lines, was a very slippery slope, explained Justice Asif […]

Soft-pedalling sectarian groups

Soft-pedalling sectarian groups

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s remarks in the Senate on Tuesday about sectarianism in Pakistan beggar belief. Not only are they out of touch with reality, they are deeply offensive, and — given he is interior minister of a country involved in a battle against violent religious extremism — cause for extreme concern. Responding to the […]

Panamagate case: burden of proof lies with PM’s counsel, judges say

Panamagate case: burden of proof lies with PM’s counsel, judges say

The prime minister’s counsel, as he resumed his arguments before the Supreme Court during hearing of the Panamagate case on Thursday, was quizzed about a money trail for the London flats and asked to prove there were no inconsistencies in the PM’s speech in the National Assembly last year. The PM’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan […]

Ban on ethnic politics in India hard to enforce

Ban on ethnic politics in India hard to enforce

NEW DELHI: India’s Election Commission vowed to enforce a court order banning politicians from seeking votes on the basis of religion or caste in upcoming state polls, amid uncertainty over the feasibility of its implementation in a country where political parties are identified by such affiliations. Experts said that, at best, parties would be more […]

Litigation made military courts less effective

Litigation made military courts less effective

ISLAMABAD: While the review petitions against about 30 convictions of the military courts are pending adjudication before the Supreme Court, political parties have started a debate on the revival of military’s power to court martial civilian terror suspects. During the last two years, only a few death sentences announced by the military courts were executed […]

SC resumes Panamagate hearing

SC resumes Panamagate hearing

The Supreme Court on Wednesday resumed hearing of the Panamagate case seeking the disqualification of the prime minister over investments made by his family members in offshore companies. A five-member of the apex court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa is hearing the case on daily basis. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) counsel Naeem Bokhari in court […]

Emotional Obama comforts, encourages US in farewell speech

Emotional Obama comforts, encourages US in farewell speech

President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation on Tuesday in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on […]

PSP perception and reality

PSP perception and reality

Pak-Sarzameen Party (PSP), which emerged in Karachi as a result of differences within Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) after 2013 elections, will demonstrate its power today (Friday) for the first time since its formation in March this year, with a public meeting in MQM’s stronghold Hyderabad, in connection with its preparations for the next general elections. […]

Rafique slams Bilawal, says Zardari should teach him some etiquettes

Rafique slams Bilawal, says Zardari should teach him some etiquettes

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Saad Rafique welcomed Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari —who returned to Pakistan after 18 months this afternoon—but said that that he should teach Bilawal Bhutto Zardari some etiquettes. Referring to Bilawal as ‘young leader’ and ‘little brother’ during a ceremony in […]

Touchdown: Zardari lands in Pakistan after 18 months in self-imposed ‘exile’

Touchdown: Zardari lands in Pakistan after 18 months in self-imposed ‘exile’

Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returned Friday to Pakistan in a private jet from Dubai. Addressing supporters upon his return, he said, “I remember the day when Bibi (Benazir Bhutto) came here and you were here to welcome her. Bibi is [still] here with us, Shaheed Zulfiqar […]

Baldia factory fire clear case of arson: Forensic experts

Baldia factory fire clear case of arson: Forensic experts

Forensic expert and Director General of Punjab Forensic Science Agency, Dr Mohammad Ashraf Tahir has said in a press conference on Thursday that the government has been informed that the Baldia factory fire was a clear case of arson and not an accidental fire. Explaining the difference, Dr Tahir said, “In arson, an accelerant like […]

NAB will not keep a single penny of Rs3.35bn recovered from Raisani: DG operations

NAB will not keep a single penny of Rs3.35bn recovered from Raisani: DG operations

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said on Thursday it has recovered nearly Rs3.3 billion worth of cash and properties from the plea bargain deal the bureau struck with Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani, the then finance secretary of Balochistan, and Sohail Majeed Shah, contractor and frontman of ex-adviser to Chief Minister Balochistan, as part of their corruption […]

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