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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Baithak Desi Jun 28: Dichotomy, Taliban Thinking in Army, Missing Judge, Islamabad Blinks, Legal Backlog, News & Views, Cartoons

In the recent past in Karachi the citizens caught thieves in the act and publicly set them on fire. There was a huge hue and cry all over the country and almost everyone condemned the act of taking the law in their hands. Have you wondered why everyone is silent when the same flouting of laws of the land goes on in FATA? They behead, kill, stone citizens in utter disregard of the laws. Why this dichotomous silence? ‘US spies’ executed publicly

Taliban Thinking in Army College

[thanks ID & LT]

He had served 22 years in various jails in Pakistan, with no charges framed nor any trial. He was moved around the country and there were no records on him. He was not a bearded fundo or Taliban. He was not a murderer, terrorist, nor a spy, nor a Baloch activist. He was Dr Ghulam Mustafa Ismail Qazi, a former ad-hoc judge of the Lahore High Court and also the husband of an army captain, Dr Mubarika, who was killed in Siachen 18 years ago (published in a local English daily, June 13, 2008), a serving judge of the Lahore High Court no less, when he was picked up, and put away for 22 years. The signature on his detention order shown on TV was authorised by Roedad Khan Federal Secretary of Interior, and had been missing for 22 years. (The same fellow who is a regular on TV talk shows and spouts holier than thou messages on TV conveniently forgetting his role in the Missing judge case). This shows the "long arm of the bureaucracy" at its mightiest. And at its most evil. The sin committed by Judge Qazi, was to issue a notice to the wife of General Zia to appear before him in person. The judge was rendered missing for 22 years! The missing judge By Fakir S. Ayazuddin

KARACHI - With grudging surprise, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has acknowledged the strength of the Taliban, illustrated by its repeated calls for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan, notably for the two important provinces of Kandahar and Khost. There has even been speculation that these provinces might fall, significantly increasing the pressure on the US-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. American pressure for Pakistan to scrap its ceasefire deals with militants in Pakistan and launch operations was so strong that a Pakistani advisor to the prime minister, and also called the de facto premier, Rahman Malik, surprised the Pakistani military command two weeks ago by announcing the scrapping of peace deals with militants in Swat Valley in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). Islamabad blinks at Taliban threat By Syed Saleem Shahzad

DELHI - India's woefully underfunded court system, with its shortfall of judges but excess of corrupt lawyers, is also saddled with a gargantuan backlog of 29.2 million cases pending across hundreds of subordinate state-level courts, 21 high courts and the Supreme Court. According to figures released recently by the Indian Supreme Court - the country's highest judicial authority - out of this mind-boggling number, over 25.4 million cases are pending in subordinate courts, 3.7 million cases in various high courts while the Supreme Court is stuck with 45,887 cases awaiting justice. According to the Supreme Court's findings, among the states, Uttar Pradesh - India's most populous state with a population of180 million - leads the pack with 4.8 million cases awaiting trial followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat with 4 million and 3.4 million cases, respectively. This huge backlog of unresolved cases, experts claim, is directly proportional to a lack of judges. So, while Uttar Pradesh has a vacancy of 521 judges against a required roster of 2,172, Maharashtra suffers from a shortfall of 376 against the current strength of 1,897 posts. Consequently, during the last quarter of 2007, over 3.5 million cases were filed in subordinate courts across the country, out of which only some 3.3 million were tried. For the same period, 21 High Courts were able to clear 326,000 cases out of a total of 368,000, with the remaining cases adding to the already huge backlog for the quarter. A major fallout of this unsavory situation is that millions of Indians are currently awaiting justice. Huge case backlog clogs India's courts By Neeta Lal

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The budget blame game
The deal strikes again
The grim dangers in FATA


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