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Championing Human Rights: Pakistan Supreme Court’s Impactful Judgments

The Pakistan Supreme Court continues to uphold its role as a guardian of human rights, issuing pivotal judgments that resonate across society. These landmark rulings not only reaffirm constitutional guarantees but also set precedents for justice and equality. Here are some recent judgments highlighting the Court’s commitment to advancing human rights in Pakistan: 1. Right to Fair Trial and Due Process: In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the right to a fair trial and due process under Article 10-A of the Constitution. The judgment emphasized procedural fairness, ensuring that every citizen accused of a crime receives a fair hearing...

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Exploring Recent Human Rights Judgments by the Pakistan Supreme Court

In recent years, the Pakistan Supreme Court has played a pivotal role in shaping the country’s human rights landscape through landmark judgments that address critical issues affecting its citizens. These judgments reflect the Court’s commitment to upholding constitutional principles and international human rights standards. Here’s a closer look at some notable rulings: 1. Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights: One of the significant rulings by the Pakistan Supreme Court involved upholding freedom of expression in the digital age. The Court reaffirmed that restrictions on social media and online content must be narrowly tailored to protect fundamental rights, ensuring that citizens can...

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New Issue ECHR Law Review

The second issue of the ECHR Law Review for the year, Volume 5, Issue 2, has recently been released. This issue features a variety of contributions, including an editorial, guest editorials, research articles, and book reviews. Here’s a breakdown of what you can find in this edition: Editorial - Vassilis P Tzevelekos, 'On Mastic Trees, the ECHR, and the ICCPR' Guest Editorials - Anja Seibert-Fohr, 'The European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee: Two Actors with a Common Mission' - Yuval Shany, 'Catching Up: The European Court of Human Rights Approximates its Approach to Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Over Digital Surveillance to That of...

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SC says Senate elections to be held through secret ballot under Article 226 of Constitution

The Supreme Court on Monday announced its opinion on the presidential reference regarding Senate elections, saying that polls for the upper house of parliament will be held through secret ballot, according to Article 226 of the Constitution. The 4-1 majority opinion was announced by a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and including Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Yahya Afridi. Justice Afridi disagreed with the majority opinion, while observing that "the opinion sought by the Worthy President, Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the instant Reference, is...

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A Landmark Judgement

Wednesday was a ground-breaking day for human rights, justice system reform and disability rights in the country. The Supreme Court of Pakistan passed a historic judgement commuting the death sentences of two mentally ill prisoners stating that such inmates are unable to comprehend the rationale behind their execution and thus should not be hanged. The court ordered Kanizan Bibi and Imdad Ali to be transferred to a mental health facility and asked for the case of a third inmate facing execution to be reviewed. It also called for the establishment of a medical board to vet inmates for mental illness...

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(COAS) INAUGURATED TWO MEGA PROJECTS IN SOUTH WAZIRISTAN AGENCY

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) inaugurated two mega projects in South Waziristan Agency (SWA). Projects include Agriculture Park at Wana and a Market at Makeen. Both these facilities are part of socio-economic uplift program for FATA. Projects have been executed by Pakistan Army Engineers in collaboration with the government. Agriculture Park Wana comprises multiple components including state of the art Pine Nut Processing Plant, 1000 Ton capacity Cold Storage Facility, Ware Houses, Godowns and 128 shops. ‘Makeen Market Complex’ has 728 shops, allied facilities and a Children park. Speaking to the local tribal elders, COAS said that having...

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PUNJAB’S 3600 MW RLNG-RUN POWER PLANTS FAIL TO PRODUCE REQUIRED ELECTRICITY

Punjab’s 3600 mw RLNG-run power plants have so far failed to produce the required electricity due to which billions of rupees worth LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) terminals and import projects are about to fail, it was learnt reliably. Ironically, Punjab’s $2 billion and 60 crore worth RLNG-run power plants of Bhikki, Haveli Bhadur Shah and Baloki so far could not generate electricity as per their installed capacity apparently due to technical reasons. And, the energy ministry has advised Pakistan LNG Limited to reschedule already ordered cargoes, in accordance with the reduced demand of RLNG despite the fact that once LNG supplies...

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ARBITRATOR SETTLES RS36 BILLION GAS PRICING DISPUTE

An arbitrator, appointed by the Supreme Court to decide a Rs36-billion scandal erupted after an increase in the wellhead gas price, has cleared Dewan Petroleum in the case. In its short order, the arbitrator, former chief justice Nasirul Mulk, said interpretation of the wellhead gas price, calculated at $3.8 per million British thermal units (mmbtu), by Dewan Petroleum was correct, a senior government official disclosed. The Petroleum Division has been asked to implement the decision of the arbitrator. Earlier during the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) administration, after a contempt notice issued by the Lahore High Court, the regulator, led by then chairman Tauqeer...

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Arbitrator settles Rs36 billion gas pricing dispute

An arbitrator, appointed by the Supreme Court to decide a Rs36-billion scandal erupted after an increase in the wellhead gas price, has cleared Dewan Petroleum in the case. In its short order, the arbitrator, former chief justice Nasirul Mulk, said interpretation of the wellhead gas price, calculated at $3.8 per million British thermal units (mmbtu), by Dewan Petroleum was correct, a senior government official disclosed. The Petroleum Division has been asked to implement the decision of the arbitrator. Earlier during the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) administration, after a contempt notice issued by the Lahore High Court, the regulator, led by then chairman Tauqeer...

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