Faisal Naseem Chaudhry has contributed this excellent piece for PTH. Apparently, the Supreme Court has taken notice of this incident. But this incident itself is reflective of the growing frustration among Pakistanis with respect to governance and in particualr the failures of the criminal justice system. As Faisal says people have lost faith in the judicial system, no matter whosoever heads the institution! Whilst Pakistan gears its creaky state machinery to face the monumental challenges ahead, this incident is a parable of our times. The pending reform agenda of improving the police, the courts and administration cannot be further delayed lest we want to promote anarchy and mayhem in the country. Raza Rumi
A horrifying incident took place in Mauza Buttar District Sialkot on 15 August when two alleged dacoits were not only stoned and beaten to death rather their dead bodies were hanged upside down for four hours in the presence of District Police Officer (DPO Sialkot), and later put on a tractor-trolley for public exhibition. According to the printed news appearing in Daily Express, Daily Khabrein, and Daily Pakistan;
1. A total of 4 dacoits were robbing people of their belongings at 6 AM on 15 August.
2. One namely Bilal was killed by the dacoits. A few others were injured.
3. Those injured were strong enough to get hold of two dacoits whereas remaining 2 managed to flee successfully.
4. The captured one were beaten and stoned to death, dead-bodies hanged with a pole.
5. After ‘negotiations’ the bodies were handed over to Police.
6. A case has been registered against the deceased ‘dacoits’ and their buddies who managed to flee the scene.
7. The grand-father of the deceased dacoits stated that one of them was a Hafiz-e-Quran; both were brothers and were going on a motorcycle to play cricket in the morning after SEHRI. When they were passing by the place of incident, they were apprehended by the village men (perhaps because they were riding a motorcycle and dacoits do it) and mercilessly killed.
The above incident reminds us of an incident dated February 2010 when two dacoits were burnt alive in Karachi. Continue reading
Well, here is what everyone expected. The Supreme Court has overturned the case against Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif and now, these two brothers are eligible to run for any office.
Apparently, justice has been done!
But, why was Nawaz Sharif, who had the opportunity to be Prime Minister not once, but twice, Chief Minister of Punjab for a long time, and before all this, Punjab’s finance minister, was banned in the first place? Continue reading
AH has been kind enough to share a document MunirReport_1953 of great historical value with us. The REPORT OF THE COURT OF INQUIRY CONSTITUTED UNDER PUNJAB ACT II OF 1954 TO ENQUIRE INTO THE PUNJAB DISTURBANCES OF 1953 authored by Justice Munir is a classic study in the core dilemmas of Pakistani state and society. Notwithstanding the controversial role of J. Munir, his secular moorings are all too clear and so is his firm stance against Mullahism, bigotry and courage not to be cowed down by those who use faith to advance their personal and political agendas. We are uploading the full report.
FOUNDATIONS OF ISLAMIC STATE
What is then the Islamic State of which everybody talks but nobody thinks ?
Before we seek to discover an answer to this question, we must have a clear conception
of the scope and function of the State. Continue reading
Foqia Sadiq Khan writing for The NEWS raises some pertinent issues that require attention. PTH
Winning in lower courts too
Has David won over Goliath? It seems so. The principled, courageous, and vigorous lawyers’ movement for the independence of the judiciary in the last two years seems to have succeeded. The lawyers’ movement has been unique in its moral underpinnings and spirited protests. But does that mean timely justice will be delivered to common people in the lower courts? This is essential as the lack of it in the lower courts has a potential to give rise to religious militancy in Pakistan. Continue reading
Salman Rushdie’s latest novel is set in Akbar’s court and Renaissance Florence. NIRPAL SINGH DHALIWAL on how his glossy take could have used more grit
THE MUGHAL EMPIRE has an inordinate pull on the contemporary imagination. After a succession of assaults on India beginning in the 11th century, the Mughal dynasty had established itself over north India by the 1500s, and at its height in the 1700s, controlled all but the southernmost tip of the subcontinent. The empire has today become a byword for opulence and aestheticism. Akbar, the 16th century Mughal emperor is a central figure in Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence, a book that flits between Renaissance Europe and Akbar’s court, and the cultures in between. Continue reading