Notwithstanding the necessity for controlling corruption in the third world, the actual problem lies in the first world failing to implement the laws of their land. Most illegal money travels to US and EU countries, considerable sums flow to newly emerging countries in Asia, quite sizable amounts go to China.
Increased political activity suggests a hint of elections in Pakistan, maybe only 6-9 months away. The incumbent PML (N) may emerge as the party with most seats after electoral reforms and early elections but could lose its absolute dominance in Punjab.
Through selective application of rule of law in Pakistan, judges are frequently straitjacketed and rendered powerless by the wording of the “Law of Evidence”, which frustrates the spirit of justice inherent in any constitutional system. When criminals function in the name of justice (a la Gullu Butt), justice becomes a crime, a public vigilante reaction could than become an existential threat to law and order.
A New York-based Pakistani American attorney has won the prestigious Legal 500 Award for 2014 in asset finance and leasing category.
Globalization has made national borders irrelevant, with wide-ranging changes in the concept of national security. Rather than the military securing territorial space, security policy is now evaluated more in terms of human, economic and cultural terms.
Fundamental reform of Pakistan's electoral process must reflect true democracy starting from the grassroots level. Whether Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri get elected or not is of no consequence, history will record their contribution as catalysts for wholesale and meaningful change.
The ongoing political drama in Pakistan is pushing Pakistani democracy to the limits, opening doors for a direct or a more indirect military intervention. Here are two opinions on the situation.
The elements of national security cannot guard Pakistan’s democratic dispensation without adhering to the spirit and content of good governance.
In the best case scenario for Pakistan's former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, even if he wins the case on technical legal grounds, he would in the process damage his own reputation and that of the institution he presided over. On moral grounds this battle has strong political overtones which damages the atmosphere in Pakistan when so many more important problems are on the cards.
The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under fire for its failure to ease Pakistan's crippling energy crisis. But one analyst sees some promise in Islamabad's outreach to China for help.