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04 Mar, 2009
The State of the Rule of Law in Pakistan - II

The business of life depends on a healthy life of business. A healthy life of business requires an environment conducive to its establishment, smooth running and flourishing, and protection of its income and property. It is because of this that many indices that measure in fact various business factors place rule of law at the top.


04 Mar, 2009
Judiciary's First Ever NO

We have views about the world, and what exists in and beyond the world. We have views about man, his nature, his destiny, and his place in the society and the world. We have views about society, about people and about the things people believe in and do not believe in and about things people do and do not do. We have views about everything. Sometimes we are aware of the implications of our views and sometimes not. But most of the time we are never aware of the theory of knowledge lying behind our views.


04 Mar, 2009
Biggest Battle for the Rule of Law

This article argues that after a suffering of sixty years there is a silver lining that Pakistanis want an inviolable Constitution, rule of law and an independent judiciary to survive with and Pakistan to be run with. They want their rights and freedoms to be protected by the judiciary. That's a good omen.


04 Mar, 2009
Writ of Law or Government

This article argues that what is always required of a government is the writ of law that must be established and maintained without any relaxation and dilly-dallying. In the case of Lal Masjid, by ignoring what was happening in and around the Lal Masjid the government acted unlawfully. But in forcing the Lal Masjid brothers and occupiers to abandon their unlawful activities government acted lawfully. It tried, though belatedly, to establish the writ of the law. It tried to protect the people from the usurpers of Lal Masjid who used force, the monopoly of a government, to encroach upon the inalienable rights of the people.


04 Mar, 2009
The General Out of His Labyrinth

A lawyer representing the Pakistan government recently tied himself in knots, when commenting on the Supreme Court’s order to restore the chief justice to his post. The court also quashed a presidential reference against the judge. This lawyer said: "One side has to lose and the other has to win." In the same breath, he added, "It's a victory for justice, the rule of law, and General Musharraf." Regardless of what this lawyer would have said had the government won the case, it's worth pondering where the Pakistan government stands now.


04 Mar, 2009
Beyond Apex Court's Judgment

The article argues it is most unfortunate that the US and Western powers and their statesmen dogmatically believe that it is only a military government, be it that of Musharraf or any other General, that could contain terrorists and fight terrorism. This is quite a mistaken view and outrageous for the people of Pakistan. Constitutionally, the Pakistan Army is an institution that is supposed to work under a civilian set-up. Why doesn't it fight terrorism and terrorists under the aegis of a civilian government in Pakistan? That is the way to the long-term resolution of the problem of terrorism also, and that is what the present Pakistani government must heed to make the SC’s judgment a win-win situation.


04 Mar, 2009
Wisdom of a Chinese Sage: Part I

This article presents a selection of Lao Tzu' views especially on governance. Lao Tzu is considered first of the libertarian thinkers, and his thought is rated as radical libertarian creed. Wisdom is what is meant for all and for all times. It never dies or becomes irrelevant. One such example of wisdom is the writings of Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher. One of his aphorisms that I happened to be familiar with more than 20 years ago still inspires me. It was, "Learning consists in adding to one’s stock day by day, the principle of Tao (the way, the path) consists in subtracting."


04 Mar, 2009
Wisdom of a Chinese Sage: Part II

This article presents a selection of Lao Tzu' views especially on governance. Lao Tzu is considered first of the libertarian thinkers, and his thought is rated as radical libertarian creed.


04 Mar, 2009
Responsible Choices

This article discusses continuous price hikes of essential items in Pakistan and suggests a non-governmental way out highlighting responsible consumer behavior. The main cause of price-hikes is government itself. So how ridiculous it would be to plead before it or urge it to reduce or control prices. That is why the prescriptions suggested in this article are directly meant for us consumers.


04 Mar, 2009
The Bane of Sovereignty

This article discusses the moral and political implications of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's two exiles. The article argues that sovereignty of a country is determined by its Constitution. If it is followed in letter and spirit, the sovereignty is intact; if not, sovereignty is harmed.


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