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Chief justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa | supremecourt.gov.pk

Pakistan’s new chief justice is showing signs of an old habit – siding with the military

Chief Justice Khosa’s allegiance to the Bajwa doctrine can spell fresh crisis for Pakistan.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar

The Age of Nisar: How Pakistan’s celebrity chief justice chose activism over judiciary

Dressed in a conservative suit and trademark dark glasses, Nisar soon became a troubleshooter for the state and the society alike.
Nawaz Sharif with daughter Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Supreme Court rejects appeal against suspension of Nawaz Sharif’s sentences

A 5-member bench led by CJP Saqib Nisar upheld the Islamabad High Court's verdict to set free Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in the Avenfield corruption case.
Asia Bibi

No role in filing review petition against Asia Bibi verdict, says Imran Khan govt

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Nawaz Sharif flew 2,167 hours in choppers as PM, and long plays to make a comeback on Pakistani television.
Alia Bhatt

Pakistan film producers will approach Imran Khan for ban on Indian movies

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Supreme Court Chief Justice says he would have been a clerk if there were no Pakistan; and former Pakistan minister refutes US claim on country’s China debt. Film Producers Association of Pakistan demands ban on release of Indian movies  The Pakistan Film Producers Association (PFPA) will ask the country’s government to ban the release of all Indian films. The association has also submitted a similar plea in the Lahore High Court, reported The Express Tribune. “If Indian stakeholders and organisations can take a stand and do everything for the welfare of their industry, then why can’t we?” PFPA member Chaudhry Ejaz Kamran was quoted as saying, “They have banned our artistes and films in the past, so what’s stopping us?” The body is writing to Prime Minister Imran Khan with an appeal to “take a final decision on the matter”. Kamran was quoted as saying that they were seeking the ban to ensure Bollywood movies did...
Pervez Musharraf

Musharraf should return to Pakistan soon to avoid ‘disgraceful’ situation, says chief justice

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Malala’s portrait adorns the walls of London’s famous gallery; Pakistan could become 4th most populous country by 2030.
Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in Lahore | Asad Zaidi/Bloomberg

In Pakistan, you can risk being charged with treason if you criticise a dam

In Pakistan, the Diamer-Bhasha dam has cheerleaders from the government, judiciary and the military.
Imran Khan

Pakistan is broke, but PM Imran Khan’s dogs travel on his chopper

Here's what is happening across the border: Austerity drive fails to reduce Prez Arif Alvi’s security cars and most non-resident Pakistanis are blue-collar workers and cannot contribute to dam collection. 
Prime Minister house

Imran Khan, man of the masses, won’t live in uber-luxurious PM house

Here’s what's happening across the border: Imran Khan urges people to donate money for construction of dams and a doctor becomes new CEO of Pakistan’s national carrier.
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar

Under Mian Saqib Nisar, the Pakistani judiciary has an overstepping problem

Ahead of the national polls, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has been delivering some head-scratching orders.

On Camera

Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.
aap

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.