Dr Farooq Hassan

  • TDespite the stiffest opposition from virtually every known quarter of the American political system Donald Trump still won at least seven states, out of the possible 11 states that were contested between the Republicans on 1st February Super Tuesday. It was really mind boggling to see that it ...

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  • TWithout any shadow of doubt, Donald Trump is the biggest political story of 2015. No one anywhere who was considered knowledgeable in American politics believed Trump would be the frontrunner in national polls from August to December. If anyone tells you they expected the Trump phenomenon, you may ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court in Washington on 18th June 2015, upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. So the end result of this ...

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  • TThe US Supreme Court on Monday the 15 of June, 2015, ruled in favour of a Muslim woman who sued for discrimination after being denied a sales job at age 17 at an Abercrombie & Fitch Co. clothing store in Oklahoma because she wore a head scarf for religious reasons. The decision marked a victory ...

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  • TAn important doctrinal question that must be answered right away is: Why was ISIS it created? Without going into many intricacies of this potentially explosive field, let us say that it aims to revive the true principles of the Islamic State as it existed during the time of the Caliphate. But ...

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  • TRussian game plans, if any, were left high and dry following the 2014 invasion of Ukraine. This was ensured by the international community’s reaction to this daring and remarkable piece of transnational piracy by the incumbent leadership of the Kremlin. As an analysis of this situation we ...

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  • TViolence of public property and against the ordinary citizens is really soaring in Pakistan; indeed it has reached new levels in many parts of the country with militants unleashing a wave of deadly attacks aimed at the armed forces of the country. The irony being that the federal government is ...

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  • TBritish Prime Minister David Cameron was forced into backing off on his choice to join US and French plans to punish Syria for a chemical weapon attack. Only two days ago, on 28 August, 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans for an imminent military strike on Syria were in disarray, after ...

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  • TThe main purpose of this article is to answer the legal question, which is chiefly raised in the Western countries about the justification, if any, in law for the legal basis of international reaction against the Syrian action.The Kosovo intervention in 1999 was justified by humanitarian concerns. ...

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  • T Recently in obvious “unholy haste”, a legal phrase often used by the House of Lords, Pakistan’s Parliament enacted a new contempt legislation that aims to oust from the purview of the contempt law officers of highest level from the punishment that is envisaged by it. Its ...

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  • T On the last day of the hearing of contempt case, the Supreme Court (SC) had ruled that “Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani may be liable for contempt of court for not replying to the court today” in a corruption case against President Asif Zardari; it fixed February 13 as the date ...

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  • T The Supreme Court (SC) heard Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in response to a notice for contempt on January 19, who told the seven-member bench that while he had the highest regard for it, but could not comply with its wishes. The PM said that he had not intended to defy the court’s ...

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  • TDuring this past week disturbing news about where Pakistan is currently headed have surfaced. The magnitude of mis-governance indulged in by Musharraf and the situation which has brought Zardari into the forefront of power in the "establishment" in the country is now squarely in focus of ...

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  • TThe alleged action of Hussain Haqqani and several others, who are directly or indirectly implicated in imperilling the countrys national interests by approaching a foreign country in writing, clearly falls within the ambit of treason as contained in Article 6 of the Constitution. Never before in ...

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  • TThe high-level US delegation that recently visited Pakistan returned, realistically speaking, empty-handed; this is established from the simple language used by the Secretary of State. When asked about the success of her tour to Islamabad, during the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing, on ...

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  • TManifestly, there is a fundamental and seismic shift in Washingtons relations with Pakistan after Dr Ghulam Nabi Fais arrest on July 19. As I see it presently, America is done with Pakistan. The CIA evidently has determined that the US must put the ISI, and indirectly the military high command, in ...

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  • TAccording to a US federal indictment filed in a Virginia Court, a Fairfax county resident was charged with funnelling millions of dollars from Pakistans government and military spy agency, the ISI, through a local non-profit organisation in an effort to gain political influence in America. The ...

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  • TOn the night of May 13-14, Pakistans Parliament, that is both the Houses, passed a unanimous resolution on the Abbottabad attack and its aftermath. Condemning the breach of sovereignty of Pakistan by the US, a marathon session of in-camera briefing to the joint sitting of Parliament adopted this ...

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  • TThere is no gainsaying the fact that the verdict given on March 16, 2011, in the Davis case by an Additional District Judge of Lahore, has given rise to more voluminous writings and talk shows on the electronic media than many famous legal decisions given even by the most exalted legal forums of ...

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  • TThe recent events in Pakistan bespeak volumes of various imperial intrigues which may desire that the state may suffer if the end result helps those in charge of the current show. By imperial I mean, the presidency and the pivotal place that has been accorded to the foreign elements in the ...

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  • TIn a historical context, we have yet to conceptually realise the philosophical foundations of the 2008-2009 public affirmation of the countrys judiciary. I do not recall a single modern historical precedent wherein the elected government of the day was almost swept from its incumbency by popular ...

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  • TThe Supreme Court verdict on the NRO, on December 16, provided the nation with the much-needed catharsis to emphasise Pakistans Constitutional and Islamic foundations. Perhaps jurisprudentially, as Lord Devlin says of the Christian societal values vis--vis the development of human rights in the ...

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  • TIt was most depressing watching the abysmal performance of our cricket team against the Kiwis on Monday night in Abu Dhabi to realise that everything seems amiss with the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Since I had played the game at the national and international levels I feel ...

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  • TIt is an end of an Era: No words can really describe the impact of the sad news on the morning of August 26, 2009 of the passing away of Senator Edward M Kennedy. President Barack Obama descried him as the greatest senator of our times. That he was certainly, but to me he stands out as the icon of ...

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  • TOn Thursday, July 9, morning here in the United States experts on Pakistan were literally stunned to see that the federal government had tried to effectively invalidate the decision of the Supreme Court suspending the levy on petroleum which the administration had sought to recoup over 120 billion ...

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  • TI have been in Cairo where I had arrived two weeks ago to talk to the Arab intellectuals of strategic and Islamic affairs. Regrettably then on May 27, 2009 the third major terrorist attack in three months occurred in Lahore. Since then there have been more blasts in the country including the ...

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  • TI have already commented in my previous column on the pivotal position that has suddenly been accorded to Nawaz Sharif in the national political horizon; simultaneously with greater exposure President Zardari is losing rapidly. The President's inability to gauge the highly subtle evaluation ...

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  • TIndia's ruling Congress Party may well lose its government and politically cost it dearly in the current election because of its "war against terror" policies followed with vigour domestically. If so they will be another big name in the loser's column of those that lost power since 9/11 began to ...

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  • TOne matter requiring a clear judicial pronouncement from the Nations' highest court or the country's Parliament is about the juridical status of the 2nd coup against the State of November 3, 2007 or as I argued in the Referendum Challenge case of April 2002 about the 4th or possibly the 5th time ...

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  • TEvents since the last week of February have boldly demonstrated that sadly for the majority of the people in the country there is now an utter loss of trust in PPP's co-chairman as a politician and as president. Constitutionally, politically as well as in his wideranging policy announcements and ...

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