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Scofflaws at work – Babar Sattar

The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad. A polity that runs out of the ability to generate new ideas has no option but to...

Hope and despair – Babar Sattar

On the one hand, we have the Lahore High Court’s order rejecting the bail petition for Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. And on the other we saw...

Cycle of dependence – Babar Sattar

Outrage over the Aurat March each year flags the need to revisit John Rawls’ Theory of Justice. If you honestly engage with arguments rooted in...

State as occupier? – Babar Sattar

Section 124-A of the Pakistan Penal Code, being employed generously to scuttle protests by students and others offended by the state’s heavy-handedness, says that,...

Not so fictional – Babar Sattar

Well begun is half done, they say. The year 2020 has started well for some. If we thought 2019 entrenched control from behind the...

Rule of law or force? – Babar Sattar

Our reactions to events establish that we have lost our balance as a people. Let’s start with the Special Court’s order in the Musharraf...

Pakistan on repeat – Babar Sattar

The Faiz Festival last week brimmed with the vigoor of our tenacious youth. The setting was perfect. Faiz’s revolutionary poetry reverberated across the Alhamra...

Our system at work – Babar Sattar

An Anti Terror Court letting CTD officials walk free after the Sahiwal slaughter of innocent citizens isn’t the system malfunctioning. It is the system...

Anarchy as politics – Babar Sattar

The PTI’s diatribe against the JUI-F dharna, and efforts to employ the law to scuttle it is certainly seeped in hypocrisy. The PAT brought...

Due process as faith – Babar Sattar

Pakistan suffers from an affliction: its abiding faith in hanging a few folks at the stake as a solution to complex problems confronting society....
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