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Time-limit in Hudood cases recommended

LAHORE, February 05 2006: The Pakistan Law and Justice Commission has recommended decisions in Hudood cases within four months and for allowing couples to meet in privacy in jails and liberal grant of bails to women below the ages of 18 and above 50 if they were found to be not involved in heinous crime. […]


FSC sets guideline for trial courts: Misuse of Zina Ordinance

ISLAMABAD, February 01 2006: In zina cases, delay in lodging of FIR does not necessarily mean that the complaint was false or the complainant was a consenting party, said a Federal Shariat Court (FSC) judgment in a zina case. Hesitation in reporting such cases is quite natural because even in modern societies where standard of […]


KARACHI: Shariat Court reduces term in rape case

KARACHI, January 20 2006: The Federal Shariat Court reduced the jail term of a minor convicted of rape and ordered his release forthwith on Thursday January 19. Ghulam Murtaza was charged with raping a seven-year-old girl at Tando Mohammad Khan in September 1998 and was tried by a sessions court at Hyderabad. According to the […]


‘Electronic media to be brought under Pemra regime’

ISLAMABAD, January 02 2006: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) is taking steps to bring the electronic media under its regularised regime. The Executive Member of the Authority, Shahid Humayun, said this at a press conference here. He said that social, religious and moral values of the society would be protected under the regularised regime. […]


Notices issued on APNS petition

KARACHI – A division bench of the Sindh High Court has issued notices, on December 11, to respondents in a writ petition moved by the All-Pakistan Newpapers Society to challenge the validity of the seventh wage award for newspaper employees. The new petition seeks annulment of the award, announced in October 2001, while a petition […]


Senate passes honour-killing bill

ISLAMABAD – The government pushed a bill against honour killings through the Senate on December 7, amid an opposition walkout but promised to consider opposition amendments to improve the law in the future. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, amending the Pakistan Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code and prescribes up to the death penalty […]


PFUJ, Apnec reject ordinances

QUETTA – A joint meeting of the federal executive council of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist and the national executive council of the All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (Apnec) rejected on December 5, the proposed Access to Information Ordinance and the Press Council Ordinance and appealed to members of parliament to incorporate into the […]


Removal of flaws in honour killing bill

ISLAMABAD – Opposition senators on December 3, pointed out several ‘loopholes’ in the honour killing bill and demanded that the legislation should be referred to the standing committee for improvement. Taking part in the debate on the bill, which has been introduced to amend the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure […]


Honour killing bill termed defective

ISLAMABAD – The Citizens Action Group has rejected the Honour Killing bill passed by the National Assembly on October 26, terming it defective and incomplete. The rejection came during a press conference on October 29. Speaking on the occasion, Kishwar Naheed, Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan and Naeem Mirza of Aurat Foundation said the bill neither […]


Ibad praises passage of bill on Karo-kari

KARACHI – Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan said on October 28, that the passage of the bill on honour killing would have a reformative impact on the social fabric of Sindh , where once action against karo-kari was regarded as a social good but is now being considered as a social evil. “The passage […]


PPP deplores govt bill on Karo-kari

KARACHI – Deploring the passage of the government bill on honour killing, the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians on October 27, alleged that it amounted to condoning the horrible act. Speaking at a news conference at the Karachi Press Club, PPP MNA Sherry Rehman raised objections to the bill on honour killing presented by the government […]


NA approves death for Karo-Kari

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly in Islamabad on October 26, passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2004 providing severe punishments for those involved in Karo-Kari. The killing of a woman on the pretext of honour has been declared murder punishable with death penalty. However, the government did not agree to the demand of certain quarters […]


Honour killing law tightened

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly adopted on October 26, a bill enhancing punishment for ‘honour crimes’, including ‘karo kari’, as the combined opposition continued its noisy protests and boycotted the proceedings. The assembly was later prorogued. The law increases punishment for crimes related to honour killing to life imprisonment or death. The legislation fixed for […]


Lacunas in ‘honour’ killings bill: Citizens’ body

ISLAMABAD – A citizens group working against ‘honour’ killings has welcomed the passage of a bill on ‘honour’ killings by the National Assembly on October 26. In a statement issued in Islamabad on October 26, the Citizens’ Action Group Against ‘Honour’ Killings (CAGAHK) said it is the first time that the National Assembly has even […]