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While speaking at an event recently, Chief Justice (CJ) Saqib Nisar stressed that the constitution of Pakistan guaranteed equal rights for all citizens regardless of their gender.

 

Pakistan appears to be in the throes of interesting transitions. The NA 120 Lahore by-election result saw Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Nawaz) hold on to its bastion, albeit with a much reduced victory margin, enabling ousted PM Nawaz Sharif to sustain the narrative of being wronged by a biased judiciary.

 

Pakistan’s decision to withdraw terror charges against Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa/Lashkar-e-Toiba, is an outrage, and calls into question its professed seriousness to address terrorist violence emanating from its territory.

 

It may not be a spat, but it is unseemly and needs to be quickly brought to an end.

 

The government of Punjab has withdrawn a request seeking an extension to the house arrest of banned Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and four of his associates under the Anti-Terrorism Act, which may lead to Hafiz Saeed’s release.

 

Yet another incident of hooliganism involving groups of lawyers has been reported. This time it was a scuffle at Islamabad’s accountability courts premises between a group of lawyers reportedly belonging to the PML-N and the law enforcement agencies on Friday.

 

Captain (retd) Safdar’s National Assembly speech against the Ahmadia community is a reminder of the bigoted mindset that exists in the country.

 

Eighteen years ago today, the country was plunged into yet another disastrous experiment against the constitutional, democratic order.

 

There is no such thing as a born dictator or a born extremist. Circumstances and reactions from the government and society create them.

 

Due to the accountability cases going on against some of the most prominent politicians, the post of the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was one that all mainstream parties were closely following – and hoping to influence.

 


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