Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Justice for all


Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The International Judicial Conference

Justice ensures peace, harmony, tranquility, progress and rule of law in a society, lack of which leads to chaos, upheavals and disharmony which can ultimately lead to the falling apart of the society or a civilisation. Dispensation of justice forms a cardinal principle of all the constitutions of the civilised nations and recognised as such by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. That is the reason why judiciary, charged with the responsibility to administer justice according to the law of the country, is held in the highest esteem and considered as the most sanctimonious institution of the state. As protector of the fundamental rights of the citizens and custodian of the constitution, the judiciary makes sure that all the state institutions function within the parameters of the constitution and the individual liberties are not encroached upon or denied to the citizens.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Mandate of the caretakers

Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The challenge of the elections

Notwithstanding the prophecies and misconceived notions of the cynics that nothing will ever change in this land of the pure, the saner elements within the society and the bulk of the intelligentsia is of the considered view that the process of change for the better has already been prodded by the ever vigilant media despite its sporadic indiscretions and propensity to go into an overdrive in violation of the professional codes of conduct and internationally recognised media ethics.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Elections and our future


Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf


There are no two opinions about the fact that the future of this country lies in treading the democratic path where people are the masters of their own destiny

The constitution of Pakistan through Article 62 has prescribed certain qualifications for the persons aspiring to become members of the legislatures. In this regard clause (f) of the article is the most significant of all the listed qualifications. According to this clause no person shall be qualified to be elected or chosen as member of Majli-e-Shoora unless ‘he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law’. There is no fool-proof mechanism available to determine somebody’s sagacity and righteousness except the reputation of a person, mostly based on subjective considerations. But the honesty of a person and his conduct as ameen are verifiable human traits determined through objective evaluations. In the case of politicians and public representatives, being honest means commitment to serving the masses selflessly and abstaining from any kind of corruption for personal gains, misuse of the authority or bestowing favours on others through illegal means. Being ameen means not betraying the trust of the people bestowed on them for promoting the well-being of the masses.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The ECP and elections


Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf

While the returning officers are in the process of scrutinising the nomination papers filed by prospective candidates to determine their eligibility for becoming members of the federal and provincial legislatures, there prevails an ambience of confusion and uncertainty among them concerning the procedure and parameters for carrying out this all-important task.
Media reports suggest that the returning officers are not sure about the procedures in the absence of any comprehensive guidelines by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), particularly with regard to the mechanism to understand the basics of tax defaulters that was communicated to it by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on March 21.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Morality and public leaders


Courtesy:- Malik Muhammad Ashraf


We need a change in system

All over the world the public representatives, especially the parliamentarians, ministers, chief executives and presidents are expected to set and have high standards of morality and honesty because for the leaders to be able to discharge their public duties and carry forward the mantle of public trust, it is essential that they have an untainted past and an irreproachable integrity. Unfortunately these crucial human traits has been lacking among our parliamentarians and public leaders who – barring a few exceptions – have acted as carpet baggers dedicated to exponentially enhancing their fortunes through fair and unfair means rather than promoting the well being of the masses. Politics, for them is an industry and becoming a member of the parliament is a license to expand their profits. This materialistic bent of mind is a contributory factor to their attempts to circumvent the laws through corrupt practices to become a member of the parliament that confers on them the political power and the fortune that comes with it.