Control of Constitutionality – III

The News International Thursday, November 11, 2010 Following is the continuation of the article published on Nov 10, 2010, issue of The News. Many countries with civil law systems have since adopted some sort of judicial review in order to stem the tyranny of the majority. Another reason why the judicial review should be understood…


A comparative analysis of civil and common law jurisdictions – II

The News International Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Organisation and Basis of Control As noted earlier, specialized institutions or bodies have been established in some countries to exercise judicial or political control of constitutionality. These are: Constitutional Court. A constitutional court is a high court that deals primarily with constitutional law. Its main authority is to…


Control of Constitutionality – II

The News International Tuesday, November 09, 2010 The control of the constitutionality of public actions is usually shared by the Supreme Court with subordinate courts like the high courts, and in such cases, the Supreme Court acts as an appellate forum. US, India, and Pakistan are examples of such a system. In addition to the…


Control of Constitutionality – I

The News International Monday, November 08, 2010 I wish, at the outset, to thank the International Association of Lawyers for giving me this opportunity to speak on the subject of the constitutional review-an area in which I have had immense pleasure in assisting the superior courts in Pakistan in most of the leading cases in…


Article 175-A: Recipe for Disaster

Article 175-A: Recipe for Disaster Monday, June 07, 2010 The need for writing this article has arisen keeping in view the serious lack of proper understanding of the submissions made by me before the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan during its four days’ hearing of this case so far. At no occasion did come under…


The NRO and Insecure PCO judges- II

The News International Thursday, October 08, 2009 The following will show that while Zardari was making commitments to the whole nation to restore the chief justice, the PCO judges were deligently working for his benefit, rightly having no doubt that Zardari had no intention of restoration of the chief justice, if only they delivered. On…


The NRO and Insecure PCO judges-I

The News International, Monday, October 5, 2009 For many people it may still be a misery as to exactly why Asif Ali Zardari did not restore the judiciary right after the elections? And, more importantly, if he never intended to restore the chief justice of Pakistan, why did he then enter into the agreements with…



The News International, Monday, October 4, 2009 For all the people of Pakistan, it still remains a mystery as to exactly why Mr. Asif Ali Zardari did not restore all the deposed judges after elections? More to the point, if he never intended to restore the chief justice of Pakistan, why Zardari  entered into agreements…


Why Holbrooke must avoid the ‘I’ word?

Pakistan Observer Thursday, May 14, 2009 During his election campaign, the new US President promised to place Afghanistan at the top of US his government’s foreign policy agenda. After becoming President, Barack Obama showed commitment to his promise by appointing one of the most accomplished Americans as his special envoy for addressing the threat of…