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Pakistan: New Bill on Government Surveillance Passed by National Assembly

(Jan. 11, 2013) On December 20, 2012, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed the Investigation for Fair Trial Bill, 2012, which will regulate the surveillance and interception powers of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies in relation to investigating terrorism-related offenses. (NA Passes Controversial “Fair Trial” Bill, DAWN.COM (Dec. 20, 2012).) The preamble of the […]

Pakistan: New Law on Local Governance for Sindh Province Promulgated

(Sept. 14, 2012) On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan’s Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new “mixed” system of local governance there. Under the new system, five cities in the province (Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, MirPurKhas, and Sukkur) would be administered as “metropolitan […]

Pakistan: Judicial Inquiry into Prison Attack

(Apr. 30, 2012) The Peshawar High Court of Pakistan has ordered a judicial inquiry into a prison attack by armed militants that resulted in the release of 384 inmates, including one prisoner jailed for the attempted assassination of former President Pervez Musharraf. On April 15, 2012, at around 1:15 a.m., hundreds of armed militants attacked […]

Pakistan: Senate Passes Bill on Establishing a National Commission on Human Rights

(Mar. 23, 2012) On March 9, 2012, the upper chamber of Pakistan's Parliament unanimously passed the National Commission on Human Rights Bill, 2012, which will establish a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) for Pakistan. (National Commission on Human Rights Bill (2011).) The bill was initially introduced in Pakistan's National Assembly, the lower chamber of the […]

Pakistan: Supreme Court Initiates Proceedings Against Prime Minister

(Jan. 25, 2012) On January 16, 2012, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt notice to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, requiring him to appear before the Court on January 19, 2012. The Notice was issued in response to the failure of the current government to implement the Court's ruling […]

Afghanistan; Iran; Pakistan: Agreement to Halt Drug Traffic

(Nov. 30, 2011) On November 28, 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) praised the three-way pact on drug smuggling signed by officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran on November 27. The agreement is designed to increase information sharing in the fight against the drug trade. Ninety percent of the opium in […]

Pakistan: Political Parties in Karachi Ordered to Stop Association with Criminals

(Oct. 13, 2011) The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a judgment on October 6, 2011, calling upon political parties to disassociate themselves from criminals responsible for recent violence in the city of Karachi, to whom the parties have provided financing as well as political support. (Suo Motu Case No. 16 of 2011 [Suo Motu Action […]

Pakistan: Court Rules Determines Only Federal Government Can Bring Treason Charges

(Aug. 17, 2011) On August 10, 2011, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan ruled that only the federal government has jurisdiction to charge a person with high treason. The ruling came in a case brought by a private citizen, attempting to charge Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani with subverting the Constitution. The judge recommended that […]

Pakistan; Sri Lanka: Free Trade Agreement Meeting to Be Held

(July 11, 2011) Pakistan and Sri Lanka held the tenth session of meetings of their Joint Economic Commission from July 4-5, 2011, in Islamabad, Pakistan. At the meetings, the two nations decided to hold a Free Trade Agreement review session in August in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and to discuss trade matters, including a Comprehensive Economic […]

Pakistan: Chief Justice Castigates Judiciary for Faults and Failings

(Apr. 26, 2011) In an effort to remove misconceptions about the judiciary, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, speaking at the Fourth National Judicial Conference, criticized the district judiciary for dealing with serious offenses in a cursory and casual manner, but defended it against undue criticism for acting against executive measures by stating that it has […]