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Pakistan: Electronic Crimes Prevention

(Mar. 6, 2009) Pakistan's Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, No. 9 of 2008, became effective on September 29, 2008. The objective of the Ordinance is to prevent any action directed against the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic systems, networks, and data as well as the misuse of such systems. It provides punishments for such […]

Pakistan: Sharif Brothers Disqualified from Contesting Election

(Mar. 4, 2009) Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and now head of the nation's largest opposition party in the parliament, and his brother, Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistan's most populous province, Punjab, were disqualified from being candidates in elections. The disqualification resulted from the Supreme Court's dismissal of the Pakistani Government […]

India: Parliament Passes Law Against Money Laundering

(Mar. 3, 2009) India's Parliament passed the Prevention of Money-Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2008. This bill seeks to check the use of illegal money for financing terror and other anti-state activities, cross-border offenses, and counterfeiting of currency. It also facilitates the entry of India into the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body mandated to […]

Pakistan: Supreme Court to Rule on High Court Order Disqualifying Sharif

(Jan. 27, 2009) On January 15, 2009, the Pakistan Government's appeal to the country's Supreme Court came up for review. The appeal was against an order of the Lahore High Court disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from contesting for a parliamentary seat on grounds of his having been convicted in the “plane conspiracy case.” Sharif had allegedly […]

India: New Anti-Terror Law

(Dec. 19, 2008) In the wake of the November 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai by Pakistani nationals, the Cabinet of the Indian government introduced two new bills in Parliament on December 16, 2008. One of the bills seeks to set up a National Investigation Agency (NIA) with special powers. The other amends the Unlawful […]

India: No-Fly Zone over Nuclear Plant

(Dec. 19, 2008) India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently notified all airlines that all flying activity up to a height of 10,000 feet over the Kalpakkam area in South India is prohibited. No aircraft may fly within a radius of ten kilometers of the Kalpakkam nuclear plant, as a measure of extra safety. The […]

India: Court Recommends Establishing Body to Regulate Muslim Marriage and Divorce

(Nov. 24, 2008) A bench of the Kerala High Court, which is in the southernmost portion of India, consisting of Justices Kurian Joseph and Harun-Ul-Rashid, asked the Government of India to set up regulatory bodies in states and at the national level to regulate what the Justices described as “indiscreet marriages and divorces,” for the […]

Pakistan: Penalty for “Cyber-Crime” Enhanced

(Nov. 24, 2008) Cyber-terrorism will be subject to the death penalty in Pakistan, according to a decree issued by the President of the country on November 6, 2008. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance will be applicable to anyone who commits a crime detrimental to national security through the use of a computer or any […]

India: Government Plan to Restrict Publication of Exit Polls

(Oct. 22, 2008) With the Union Government Cabinet's approval on October 8, 2008, India went ahead with plans to restrict publication and dissemination of exit polls until the completion of voting in the parliamentary (early 2009) and state assembly (later in 2008) elections. The Representation of People's Act, 1951, will accordingly be amended. In the […]

India: Continuation of Reservation of Government Posts, Services for Certain Castes and Tribes

(Oct. 22, 2008) On October 8, 2008, the Union Government Cabinet approved the enactment of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Reservation in Posts and Services) Bill, 2008. The proposed law would ban “de-reserving” of posts in seats reserved for SCs and STs. It would also provide for penalties against offices that […]