Agha Baqir

  • ‘Reserved judgments’ have a varied history in the dispensation of justice in the legal systems of the world. A ‘reserved judgment’ has general legal connotations in the world particular ones in ‘political’ Pakistan. Such judgments may be equated with a ...

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  • In a popular market in Lahore, a pushcart fruit seller curiously posed a question to one of his customers who was known to be a female PTI activist. What decision would the JIT pass in the Panama case? The buyer replied that whatsoever the decision of the JIT, one thing was for sure, that PTI had ...

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  • In a cricket match, an umpire is a person who has the authority to make judgments on the cricket field. Traditionally, there are two umpires on the field, one standing on the bowling end and the other on the square leg directly opposite the facing batsman. The main umpire listens to the major and ...

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  • In a landmark drama titled ‘Death of a salesman’, written by the legendry American playwright, Arthur Millar, the hero of the play, Willy Lowman, introduces his elder brother, Ben, a highly successful person in material life to his two sons, Biff and Happy, who are utter failures in ...

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  • Pakistan, through the decades, had to face problems at the hands of a diverse range of indigenous as well as global antagonists, around its eastern borders with India in general and western borders in particular, sometimes under the shadow of communism and sometimes at the hands of the extremist ...

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  • If Imran Khan, somehow, had been able to make it out to the Gaddafi Stadium and join the happiness of the nation even in the middle of the final of the PSL, the audience and the people of Pakistan would have welcomed him warmly. It would certainly have added flavour to the match, for the people of ...

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  • Is it your turn now?” someone asked a patwari or land clerk, “to face the music which the people have been facing at your hands?” The same is also generally asked from the patwaris by their spouses and families in Punjab in some other words like, “What will happen now? Have ...

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  • In certain intricate politico-judicial cases where public interest is deeply involved the courts are often in a fix where the evidence and the rebuttals, or the counter evidence provided by both the prosecution and the respondents respectively, is felt insufficient, non-incriminating and untenable ...

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  • Dozens of talk shows are produced and hundreds of columns are written every day. Both the talk shows and the columns are opinion sections of journalism, possessing a key role in opinion making of the people as well of the policy makers. The talk show has become monotonous whereas the quality column ...

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  • Would merely mending the walls of the hospitals be sufficient to provide health security to the people of the state? The answer would certainly be in the negative. At length, mending walls may be taken as a first step towards development of the health sector but may not lead to an ultimate ...

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  • Towards the end of the year, 2016, I asked the secretary of Health, Najam Ahmed Shah why he did not recruit at least four ‘Edhis’ if he really wished to revamp the health sector in Punjab. “Give me four Edhis”, he spontaneously reacted. “Admittedly, I cannot find ...

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  • There used to be a popular magical serial of fiction and TV shows in the past titled as ‘Ali Baba aur Chalis Chor’ (Ali Baba and forty thieves). Once riding on his donkey, the main character Ali Baba, incidentally sees a gang of thieves opening a secretly locked stone-door in a cave in ...

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  • In the recent past, we have seen Mark Siegel, Benazir Bhutto’s friend based in USA, deposing his video-linked online statement before the FIA, the pioneer investigation agency investigating in the case of assassination of Benazir Bhutto. He had deposed that Benazir Bhutto had shared an email ...

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  • Table salt is one of the most incumbent items on a food table. Sans table salt, the most delicious food, cooked even by a tested chef may be rendered insipid and tasteless. No wonder that we say, ‘We lost on the table what we won in the field.” Apart from the fact whether the disputed ...

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  • There can be no republic without public. In a democratic system, the management of affairs in the legislative, executive and the judicial organs is actually supposed to be a public concern rather than of those organs. Admittedly, being experienced in their areas, these organs collectively, or their ...

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  • 1. I am Pakistan 2. For you your religion, for me my religion It startled the participants of an interfaith dialogue hosted by Mr. Hanif Jallandhary at his madrassa at Lahore when I, while working for human rights, pointed out that the non-Government organisations working for peace and harmony ...

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  • Kashmir seems to be requiring a more legal, rather than a political or diplomatic fight. United Nations surprisingly is very open and frank towards Pakistan, so much so that it has desired the Foreign Office of Pakistan to allow it to visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir to gauge the situation of human ...

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  • In the late 90s, on a sunny afternoon, the then Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif while batting on the crease in the Lahore Gymkhana Ground, Bagh-i-Jinnah, had to suddenly take off his batting gloves and pads and rush to the nearby Governor House to attend an urgent telephonic call from the then US ...

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  • The United States - you must extradite that person.” Facing the sudden coup attempt to his rule, Turkish President Erdogan urged the United States to extradite his former cleric ally, Fethullah Gulen allegedly masterminding the attempt to seize his power, “I am calling on America here, ...

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  • The killing of Osama-bin–Laden on May 2, 2011, by US Naval SEALs in a campaign coded as “Operation Neptune Spear at Abbottabad, can be likened to the recent demise of Mullah Mansour, but this time the stage was set at Noshki, Balochistan, but once more in the territorial jurisdiction of ...

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  • In a gathering of some star tax officers of FBR, an interesting question, surprisingly erupted as to what capacity the tax officers would generally most likely to assume while exercising their powers for collection of taxes. Shall he behave like an officer of NAB or FIA, a chartered accountant or a ...

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  • A Sasanian king, Shaharyar, being shocked to discover his brother and his own wife unfaithful to him, one after the other, executes them both. In his consequent bitterness and grief, he derives the conclusion that all women are the same. Shaharyar begins to marry a succession of virgins only to ...

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  • In a Bollywood movie, we see the legendary actor, Shahrukh Khan as a Muslim character, Rizwan Khan, in San Francisco, striving initially for a meeting with the existing President Bush and then President-elect Barrack Obama to wash off the stigma of being a terrorist. With a peculiar state of mind, ...

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  • I often used to wonder why the candidates contesting for commissioned vacancies for civil and military bureaucracy would be preparing for questions like “where certain lakes and canals such as Suez or Panama are situated and what is their economic and geo-strategic importance etc.” ...

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  • A member of a selection committee of a Public Service Commission asked a candidate, about how he rated Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as a leader. He replied that it would not be out of place to say that he is sitting today before the esteemed interviewing committee, because of leaders like Bhutto. The ...

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