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Professional Commentary
20 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch says that the judicial template adhered to by Iftikhar Chaudhry, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, should not be followed by future jurists...Former Parkistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who retired on December 11, 2013, … [read more]

Legal News
8 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Pakistan's military partially complied with a Supreme Court [official website] ruling on Saturday by producing before the court several prisoners out of the hundreds it has been secretly holding without charges. Human rights lawyers and relatives of the prisoners have fought to obtain information [Reuters report] about the detainees, … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Chaudhry Zulfikar [BBC obituary], chief prosecutor in the criminal case against Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Friday. Zulfikar had been due to appear [WSJ report] at the High Court in Rawalpindi for a hearing in … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Pakistani judges on Tuesday to stop using contempt of court powers [press release] as a mechanism for silencing the media's critique of the judiciary. Since 2009 when the independent judiciary was restored, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the provincial high … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the arrest of Makhdoom Shahabuddin [BBC profile], a former health minister from Punjab Province and the nominee for the country's new prime minister position. President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] nominated Shahabuddin earlier on Thursday to fill the position of former prime minister … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Tuesday disqualified [order, PDF] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from being a member of Parliament since his April contempt conviction [JURIST report]. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] also announced that Gilani ceased … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday ordered [order, PDF] that the Attorney General take action to bring the Chief Justice's son, Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar, and real estate businessman, Malik Riaz Hussain, to trial for alleged bribery and unlawful dealings. This order ended the Supreme Court's suo … [read more]

Legal News
13 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday initiated contempt of court proceedings against Malik Riaz Hussain. The court's action was a response [NYT report] to the accusation brought forth by Hussain who alleged a day earlier that the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Saturday indicted seven people in the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. A senior officer and the former police chief of Rawalpindi, where the assassination took place, along with five militants, alleged members of the Pakistani … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [official profile] on Thursday issued a judgment urging political parties to stop financing criminal groups [order, PDF] responsible for increased violence in the city of Karachi. In the judicial decision, Chaudhry announced that militant groups have gained strength because of support … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] on Friday demanded [order, PDF] an explanation of an incident in which Pakistani security forces shot and killed an unarmed man. Several paramilitary soldiers opened fire on an unarmed, 22-year-old man in Benazir Park, then stood by as he died. The incident was … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Mar 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Shubhankar Dam of the Singapore Management University School of Law says that recent judicial appointments in India and Pakistan have led to battles between their respective judicial and executive branches... In a moment of remarkable constitutional coincidence, two appointments were set aside in India and Pakistan last … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday issued a second arrest warrant for former military president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for not appearing in court for charges related to the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Authorities were unable to … [read more]

Legal News
1 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A judge for the Lahore High Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered that US consulate worker Raymond Davis be held for the murder of two men in Pakistan last week, ignoring US protests [press release; JURIST report] that Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity. Chief Justice Ijaz Ihmad Chaudhry [official profile] … [read more]

Legal News
21 Oct 2010
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] parliament to review a constitutional amendment that gives the legislature the right to appoint judges. The court expressed concern [BBC report] over the ability of the judiciary to remain independent and out of politics if the legislature … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A dispute among the Pakistani judiciary worsened on Monday as more than 1,300 civil judges resigned in protest over the treatment of judges by lawyers and to express solidarity with Lahore District and Sessions Judge Zawar A Sheikh. The resignations come amid nationwide demonstrations by lawyers protesting police treatment … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Tuesday threatened to imprison the head of the country's corruption agency for failing to meet a 24-hour deadline to reopen several corruption cases. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive] gave National Accountability Bureau (NAB) [official website] Chairman … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2010
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] on Wednesday appointed 34 new judges [press release], including three to the country's Supreme Court [official website], after Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive] blocked Zardari's original selections. The court blocked [JURIST report] the selections last week because … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Feb 2010

JURIST Guest Columnists Moeen Cheema of Australian National University College of Law and Shahzad Akbar, an advocate practicing at the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, say that since Pakistan President's Zardari's refusal to appoint judges to the Lahore High Court (LHC) seriously undermines the capacity of that key court to … [read more]

Legal News
13 Feb 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Saturday deferred the appointment of two judges by President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] in an emergency ruling [press release, PDF] which has once again pitched the country's judiciary against its executive. Current Lahore High Court Justices Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and … [read more]

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