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For love of the game

Cricket and hatred: even two-year-olds would disagree “Going to Delhi?” the Immigration Officer at the Lahore Airport asked me with a sharp tone. Upon my nodding, he said, “We’d better win this


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TTP is about power

The naked and absolute one In 1976, one Mr Kaikaus, having in the past held an office no less than a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, approached the Honourable Lahore


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Sitting on the fence

In Pakistan, it seems, convenience trumps concern for human life There is hardly anything pleasant about this week. This was originally supposed to be a piece about killings of anti-polio workers and


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Time for tough questions

Especially when little makes sense It has been quite a week. We have had news of cars running on water — and defamation law suits associated with it. Mr Hamid Mir is


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For every problem, there’s a petition

Everyone’s a constitutional expert It is amusing and worrying when those who advocate free speech lose their calm when their own views are questioned. There is a significant difference between celebrating free


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Minorities’ persecution

Our silence condemns only us Six minarets falling to the ground should generate some tremors and cause a lot of noise. Yet the demolition of a mosque run by the Ahmadi sect


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PPP’s human shields

As far as human shields go, there is only so much they can do. Keeping that in view, former PM Gilani did more than his part in standing by the president of


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Sweating it out

Home, sweet ‘suckrooed’-up home… If coming home has a sound then this week, for me, it was the gentle whispering thud of rubber wheels on tarmac as a plane brought me home.

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Noble intentions, but…

Constitutions and legal systems are often shaped the way they are perceived. Most written constitutions, including our own, carry a “state-action” requirement; constitutional claims can only be asserted against action (or in


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Over-lawyered

Trailing their (black) coats Being a lawyer, you are never quite at ease with yourself. You assume burdens or are saddled with them. We are not a particularly well liked bunch —


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The insecure majority

The state against its own citizens Scholars tell us that part of the reason that constitutions exist is to afford protection against abuses that a majority is prone to; in other words


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Public fetish for ‘justice’

Everybody’s a legal expert Honk if you think PM Gilani was treated far too leniently by the Supreme Court of Pakistan! That could be a fast selling bumper sticker. The reactions in


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Our legislative dilemma

In its Saturday Essay feature, Wall Street Journal reminded me of a most useful point; every complex question has an answer that is easy, simple and wrong. This seems tailor made for

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