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4 Jul 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Pakistan's new government on Thursday lifted the country's moratorium on executions. The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), a center-right party, took power during elections in May, defeating the incumbent Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [official websites]. PML-N Interior Ministry spokesman Umer Hameed declared [AFP report] that the government will begin to … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] on Thursday signed the Contempt of Court Bill 2012, which would shield senior officials from contempt of court proceedings. The bill was approved by both the lower [JURIST report] and upper [AFP report] house of the national parliament on Monday and Wednesday, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Thursday rejected a petition seeking treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], finding that the applicant lacked standing and that the Supreme Court was not the appropriate forum for such a petition. The … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile] said Wednesday that the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website] does not support treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], making the requisite consensus resolution extremely unlikely. Gilani told parliament that in order to try … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Pakistan's Awami National Party (ANP) [party website] will support Article 6 [text] treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], according to a Thursday Daily Times report. Although it is part of the ruling coalition government of President Asif Ali Zardari [official website], ANP Vice … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Friday acquitted [judgment, PDF] opposition leader Nawaz Sharif on charges of hijacking a plane carrying General Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archives] in 1999. The conviction had barred Sharif from running for office, although the court lifted the ban [JURIST reports] in … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Tuesday lifted a ban [judgment, PDF] preventing opposition politician and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive] from participating in politics. The Supreme Court had barred [JURIST report] Sharif from holding elected office in Pakistan because of an earlier criminal … [read more]


Legal News
1 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] suspended its February decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] Tuesday barring former prime minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his brother from holding elected office, pending the high court's final review of the decision. Last week, the government of President … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Saturday announced the formation of a parliamentary committee to examine the revision of key terms of the Pakistan Constitution [text]. The revisions would include the elimination of the controversial 17th Amendment [text] and Article 58-2(B), which give the president … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] on Sunday resumed his former position [press release] as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website]. Chaudhry was removed from the post [JURIST report] by then-president Pervez Musharraf following Musharraf's November 2007 declaration of emergency law [JURIST report]. Chaudhry began his … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] retired Saturday, paving the way for the official reinstatement of his predecessor, deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive]. Chaudhry will re-assume the office of Chief Justice [PTI report] Sunday. Dogar left the court … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan President Ali Asif Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website] filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Thursday, asking the court to review its February decision [JURIST report] banning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [JURIST news archive] on Monday welcomed the reinstatement [JURIST report] of Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], hailing the move as a major victory. Lawyers' movement supporters rallied at Chaudhry's home [Geo TV report] Monday, where the Chief … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile] announced Monday that the government will reinstate deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] in response to recent protests by members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and opposition politicians and supporters. In a … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Pakistan opposition leader and ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday defied a house arrest order to lead a march by opposition activists and members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] against President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website] Saturday were considering offering a compromise deal [Daily Times report] to opposition factions - including members of the lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] - currently engaged in crippling anti-government … [read more]


Legal News
12 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and opposition politicians and supporters began a "long march" from Karachi to Islamabad Thursday against the government of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) [party website]. The protesters, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Pakistan [JURIST news archive] government forces conducted raids and arrested opposition members, including members of the country's lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], prior to a protest rally led Wednesday by former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website] leader Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2009
by Jake Oresick

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that bars Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive], former prime minister and current leader of the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website], from holding elected office based on a past criminal conviction for "hijacking". Sharif was … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Monday renewed their demands for the reinstatement [News report] of all superior court judges dismissed last November 3 following then-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report], and threatened more anti-government protests if their demands are … [read more]

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