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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pakistan: Death Sentence for Cyber Crimes

(Apr. 2, 2008) The death sentence may be awarded under Pakistan's new Cyber Crimes Ordinance, 2007, which took effect on December 31, 2007. Crimes set forth in the Ordinance include serious cyber crimes, such as damaging nuclear assets by hacking; cyber terrorism; and swindling and commission of other offenses through cellular phones. A cyber crimes […]

Pakistan: Loans to Politicians Waived

(Apr. 2, 2008) On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved a scheme in October 2002 (during the military regime of President General Pervez Musharraf) to quietly […]

Pakistan: Order Curtails Supreme Court Powers

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 4, 2007, the Supreme Court of Pakistan refused to entertain a petition against amendments made to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance (PEMRA), on the grounds that the scope of article 184(3) of the Constitution, under which the plea had been filed, had been curtailed under the Provisional Constitution […]

Pakistan: Earthquake Damage Reconstruction Authority

(Dec. 2, 2007) On July 12, 2007, the Government of Pakistan issued the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Ordinance, 2007, establishing the autonomous Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). The authority will be responsible for carrying out surveys to assess damage and implement future planning in the affected areas. It will also formulate comprehensive development […]

Pakistan: Settlement of Investment Disputes

(Dec. 2, 2007) On July 21, 2007, Pakistan promulgated the Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Ordinance, 2007, in implementation of the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes Between States and Nationals of Other States. The new law requires a person seeking recognition or enforcement of an award rendered pursuant to the Convention to register […]

Pakistan: Petition for Contempt of Court Against Chief Election Commissioner

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 17, 2007, Wajihuddin Ahmed, a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) and a Presidential candidate for election in opposition to President Pervez Musharraf, filed a petition for contempt of court against the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan (CEC) for failing to comply with the October 5, 2007, […]