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Contempt of court ordinance re-promulgated

ISLAMABAD – President Pervez Musharraf on July 15 re-promulgated the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2004, to regulate the exercise of the powers of courts to punish for contempt of court. The ordinance which was promulgated on December 16, 2003, expired on April 15, 2004. The re-promulgated ordinance will be effective retrospectively from April 15, 2004. […]


Hudood changes only on CII’s say-so: PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain said on July 14 that amendments would be made to the Hudood Ordinance only if the Council of Islamic Ideology recommends them. Talking to delegations of the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and district Muslim League officials, Mr Shujaat made it clear that the amendments would depend […]


Law formulated to end Karo-Kari

ISLAMABAD – Ministry of Women Development Social Welfare and Special Education has formulated a law to end Karo Kari (honour killing) with the co-ordination of Ministry of Law and Justice and Human Rights. Secretary Women Development Ministry Dr Aleem Mehmood told Business Recorder that the draft law has been sent to the Ministry of Interior […]


Changes in Hudood law sent to CII

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on July 11 said amendments to the Hudood laws had been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and would soon be put to the cabinet for approval after consultation with the CII and religious scholars. “The government will make amendments to the Hudood laws keeping in […]


Bill against karo-kari ready: Faisal

ISLAMABAD — The minister for Interior, Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, informed the senate on July 9 that the government would introduce a bill in the parliament against karo — kari. The interior minister said that though there was no law against karo-kari, however the government treated such cases as murder cases. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs […]


Freedom of information laws

ISLAMABAD – The legislation on freedom of information would help promote the good governance in the country, said Nisar A. Memon Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting. Speaking at a seminar on freedom of information, organized by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), Nisar Memon said, it is a happy augury […]


Freedom of Information Rules notified

ISLAMABAD – The government has notified the Freedom of Information Rules 2004, requiring all public organizations to designate an official to provide information regarding public records to applicants. After the issuance of the notification on Monday, applicants were eligible to get an attested photocopy of any public record document except information exempted under the Freedom […]


Call for strong democratic institutions

KARACHI – Politicians, lawyers, human rights activists, government representatives and journalists at a seminar called for strengthening democratic institutions and civil society by shunning all sort of differences to restore peace and harmony in Karachi. Conspiracies are being hatched against Karachi to distort its image. People of Karachi should remain united to foil the nefarious […]


Resolution on domestic violence to be moved

KARACHI – The MPAs belonging to the opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly will contact the Treasury benches MPAs to move a joint resolution with regard to the domestic violence, sources close to opposition benches disclosed to The News. In this connection, opposition benches women MPAs may take their counterparts from the Treasury benches into […]


Call to back resolution on Hudood law

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on May 26 appealed to the parties opposed to changes in the Hudood laws to dispassionately review their stance. The party also called upon the ruling coalition to endorse the PPP resolution in the Senate reminding them of Gen Pervez Musharraf’s call on May 25 to review the Hudood […]


Fazal opposes changes in laws

PESHAWAR – Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, on May 23 opposed proposed changes in the Blasphemy and Hudood laws and asked the government to refrain from, what he called, ‘working against Islam’. He was speaking at a combine meeting of the party central and provincial executive committees at Nathia Gali. Central and provincial […]