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Feisal Naqvi
Feisal Naqvi

  • September 21, 2023

    Lawyering and its discontents

    The plight of young law graduates, and specifically the fact that they get paid very little, has recently been much discussed on social media. Since...

  • October 22, 2022

    A step too far

    The Supreme Court recently released its detailed judgment on Article 63A. Written by Justice Munib Akhtar, the judgment holds that when a...

  • October 11, 2022

    Corruption, wealth and vengeance

    There is no acceptable form of indigenously acquired wealth in Pakistan. If you were born wealthy, then obviously your ancestors were bootlickers of...

  • October 02, 2022

    Why civility matters

    About a week ago, Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb was accosted and harassed in London by a group of PTI supporters while on her way...

  • September 03, 2022

    Reverse-engineering the Supreme Court

    Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial is a good man faced with an impossible situation. No matter what he does, he is likely to be lambasted by one side or...

  • August 27, 2022

    Fixing judicial appointments: Part - II

    In my earlier column, ‘Fixing judicial appointments’ , I had argued that the intractable debate between those advocating unrestrained discretion...

  • August 24, 2022

    The hearts of men

    Many years ago, there was an iconic radio show called ‘The Shadow’ in which the title character would be introduced with the tagline, “Who...

  • August 18, 2022

    Fixing judicial appointments

    The last meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan on July 28, 2022 ended badly. None of the five nominees proposed by the chief justice of...

  • April 09, 2022

    Why it matters

    The writer is a lawyer of the Supreme Court. The views expressed in this column do not represent the views of his firm.There have been plenty of...

  • April 06, 2022

    Destroying democracy from within

    The writer is a lawyer of the Supreme Court. The views expressed in this column do not represent the views of his firm.Marx said that history...

  • April 05, 2022

    Destroying democracy from within

    The deputy speaker’s ruling is far more troubling as a matter of law

  • August 26, 2021

    In memoriam: Syed Afzel Hussain Naqvi

    My father died at 2:15 pm last Sunday. I would like to say that he died in my arms, but the truth is that by the time I heard my sister scream and...

  • August 18, 2021

    The objectivity trap

    In my previous column in these pages , I had argued that seniority was not a good criteria for appointments to the Supreme Court, and that there was...

  • August 07, 2021

    The seniority trap

    Let us begin with two basic propositions: one, competence is not the same thing as seniority; and two, it is vitally important that only the most...

  • April 17, 2020

    What to do when you don’t know the answer

    The novel coronavirus confronts Pakistan with an enormous crisis. Like many other countries, we are caught between two evils: the only apparent way...

  • August 15, 2017

    Let them come home

    Every Independence Day, we are told stories of horror and terror, of how friend turned on friend and how neighbour slaughtered neighbour. We hear...

  • June 14, 2017

    ‘Lumpy development’ and the Coase theorem

    There is an old joke which makes an important point about efficiency and transaction costs. A non-smoker is trying to get a smoker to give up...

  • May 31, 2017

    That which works is good

    Ten seconds. That’s how long it took Xiaodong Wu, a Chinese mixed martial arts fighter, to beat a bona-fide living legend tai chi master into...

  • May 17, 2017

    The age of consent

    In April 2014, the Sindh Assembly passed a law which made marriage to a female under the age of 18 punishable by up to three years months in prison....

  • May 03, 2017

    Arbitration: a lost cause?

    It is common cause between lawyers, judges and most of Pakistan that our legal system is broken. And yet nothing ever happens to change that fact....

  • April 12, 2017

    If you think it’s easy, you’re doing it wrong

    Many years ago, after being asked one too many a question, I sat down at my computer and hammered out what have henceforth been referred to as the...

  • March 29, 2017

    Sir, laws matter

    I met the chief minister of Punjab yesterday. The meeting was in my capacity as a director of the newly reformed Punjab Board of Investment &...

  • April 17, 2016

    Burnol lagaiye!

    Back in the dark ages when PTV was all one had to watch, one of the jingles that went viral was the ad for Burnol, a tube containing a panacea for...

  • March 27, 2016

    Why we lose

    The first edition of what is now known as the Cricket World Cup was held in 1975. Including that event, there have been a total of 11 World Cups so...

  • March 20, 2016

    Leave him be

    Pakistan’s recent baby steps out of the wilderness of mullah-dominated lunacy have rightly received much acclamation. But one aspect of this...

  • March 06, 2016

    Not enough morons

    It’s a conundrum that Pakistanis know quite well: how can so many people be so enamoured of a bombastic, big-talking leader with no political...

  • February 21, 2016

    The case for privatisation

    The one question that gets asked most often in relation to privatisation is this: why can’t government-owned entities compete with...

  • February 07, 2016

    Pindiots, pundits and the PSL

    I am now at that blessed age where I am no longer expected to dance at family weddings. Nonetheless, as a semi-respectable elder, I am still...

  • January 31, 2016

    Viva LLF!

    In a few weeks, Lahore will once again to play host to the Lahore Lit Fest. Last year, the LLF drew more than 75,000 visitors. For three days, from...

  • January 24, 2016

    The art of the possible

    Two weeks ago, I presented an argument that the liberals of Pakistan should be grateful for the Shariat Court. My argument rested on the following...

  • January 10, 2016

    The curious case of the Shariat Court

    For most liberals, the Shariat Court is an abomination – a blot on the constitution, the poisonous legacy of an evil regime. But is it really such...

  • January 03, 2016

    Show me the money

    If there is any city in Pakistan likely to reward an impromptu decision to snack, that city would be Lahore. Seen in that light, the decision of one...

  • December 27, 2015

    A time for gratitude

    Outrage sells. So does sarcasm, disgust, anger, loathing, bitterness and snark. Man bites dog is news. Dog bites man is not. My point here is that...

  • December 20, 2015

    Those who must be named

    It is now a year since 144 children and teachers of APS Peshawar were gunned down. One year later, we are now familiar with their faces. There are...

  • December 13, 2015

    Of mice and men and elephants

    Have you ever wondered why we don’t have mice the size of an elephant? Or to put it another way, why don’t elephants look like giant mice? The...

  • April 30, 2015

    Trust and accountability

    What makes some nations great and some nations fail? Britain occupies a small island off the coast of Europe and yet, for many centuries, it was the...

  • February 07, 2015

    The great petrol crisis

    Remember the great petrol crisis of 2015? Remember how we all had to stand in lines for hours and hours to get a gallon of the precious liquid...

  • January 22, 2015

    Let us grow up and out of this debate

    One swallow does not a summer make. By the same token, the odd pundit beseeching the armed forces to take over is no signifier of the national mood....

  • January 04, 2015

    The power of one

    Historians tend to fall into two categories. There are those who believe in deep underlying categories, the kind of people who present theories...

  • December 18, 2014

    A time to grieve

    How do you write about the killing of children? Then again, how do you ignore it? We all know the fa

  • December 04, 2014

    Plan 9 from outer space

    The fearless leader of the PTI, Mr Cornered Tiger himself, recently announced a “Plan C” for the rem

  • November 20, 2014

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

    The first known philosopher to have taken a whack at this problem was Aristotle. Since then, egghead

  • October 23, 2014

    Weekend at Billy’s

    Many years ago, there was a very bad movie called ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’. The es

  • September 27, 2014

    Paleo governance

    Every year a new diet becomes popular. One year it’s the Mediterranean diet. The next year it’s the

  • September 18, 2014

    When the madness passes

    As I write this column, the streets of Islamabad are still occupied by supporters of Imran Khan and

  • August 12, 2014

    Up the revolution

    While it is acceptable for one’s youth to be spent in the pursuit of utopian political dreams, there