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2017

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

By: Iqra Shakeel  How to eradicate the menace? Islam plays a key role in bolstering the women’s position and raising their status in a society. In pre-Islam era, women neither had any legal rights nor were they accorded a legal status. With the advent of Islam, the holy Quran decreed an improved status for women in the society. The holy ... Read More »

The State of Education

On need to prioritise education reforms Quality education is the most powerful weapon for change, but the successive governments in Pakistan have been largely indifferent to the need to equip people with the power of effective education. Sadly, despite great importance of education in today’s globalised world, there are still around 24 million out-of-school children in the country and the ... Read More »

Ease of Doing Business Index

How difficult is to do business in Pakistan? The World Bank has released its annual report “Doing Business 2018” that contains information on business regulations in 190 countries of the world. It measures how close each economy is to global best practices in business regulations. It has ranked Pakistan at 147th position on its Ease of Doing Business Index. In ... Read More »

Court Marriage in Pakistan

By: Urooj Bashir Few days back, while surfing on the internet, I came across some websites and Facebook pages on which lawyers across Pakistan offer their services for arranging the “court marriages” to the interested people. Some of them even offered to keep it “secret from general public”. They discussed the ages, documents, expenses and other related information in a ... Read More »

The Competition of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan

  Pakistan’s interests must be protected India and Afghanistan have joined hands against Pakistan and China’s joint venture, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chabahar Port, which India is constructing in Iran as a counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, is being portrayed as a competitor and an alternative to CPEC, and a better option for routing Afghanistan’s transit trade. Besides opportunities for ... Read More »

Rule of Law

A prerequisite for democracy After the ouster of former prime minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in Panama Case, there has been a lot of hue and cry both for and against the verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Given this state of affairs, it is important to understand the most basic requirements of a true democracy. Most people in ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia Purge or Power Struggle?

How Mohammed bin Salman’s adventurism may have perilous repercussions There is no denying the fact that anti-corruption purge was long overdue in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the situation prevailing there merited stringent actions. As the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s announced his “Vision 2030” and his other plans for modernity of the Kingdom, his valiance has been envisaged ... Read More »

WITNESS PROTECTION LAWS

Introduction Crime is a social phenomenon and response to it constitutes the very criminal justice system of a country. In Pakistan, the response to crime in a systemic manner suffers from many a problem. One of the weaknesses, as noted by various experts, is the protection of witnesses, who, in turn, feed into the testimonial evidence relied on by the ... Read More »