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Muhammad Waqar Rana
Muhammad Waqar Rana

  • April 25, 2024

    Pakistan can make a fresh start

    A representational image showing a security personnel sanding guard beside a ship carrying containers at Gwadar port. — AFP/FileThe meltdown of...

  • March 13, 2024

    Rewriting the constitution

    The Supreme Court building in Islamabad. The SC website/File The Supreme Court and other superior courts have the power to interpret the...

  • December 08, 2023

    How to access justice

    Justice is the soul of a government. The term ‘access to justice’, as understood and used, means approaching judicial institutions for...

  • October 07, 2023

    The right way to right a wrong

    The constitution empowers all branches of the government to frame rules for their internal business. The constitution also does not allow discussion...

  • August 30, 2023

    The date debate

    Mark Tushnet in his book ‘Why the constitution matters’ argues that the constitution matters because it provides a structure for a civil...

  • July 18, 2023

    Should the ECP punish contempt?

    The Election Commission of Pakistan has been given the power to punish someone for contempt under Section 10 the Election Act, 2017. A similar power...

  • November 12, 2022

    The quest for prosperity

    Pakistan’s highway to prosperity and stability goes through India. And India’s entry to the developed world depends on its cooperation with...

  • August 06, 2022

    Judging the process

    The writer is an advocate of the Supreme Court and former additional attorney general for Pakistan.The constitution entrusts the judiciary with the...

  • June 14, 2022

    A constitutional court

    A split advisory opinion was given by the Supreme Court on a presidential reference under Article 186 of the constitution. The reference sought an...

  • April 24, 2022

    Anatomy of hate

    Unlike other countries, where democracy is functional and state institutions are run by visionary leaders, politics in Pakistan thrives on hate and...

  • April 16, 2022

    Parliament and judicial review

    The Supreme Court’s decision whereby the deputy speaker’s ruling of April 8, 2022 on a point of order rejecting a no-confidence motion against...

  • February 23, 2022

    Cycles of instability

    Pakistan’s political sky is once again under the dark clouds of political instability. These cycles of instability come every three to four years...

  • January 27, 2022

    Quarreling with the constitution

    A nation that regularly quarrels with its constitution requires immediate treatment of its social, political and moral decadence. Even the finest...

  • December 23, 2021

    Legislation and judicial review

    The writer is an advocate of the Supreme Court and former additional attorney general for Pakistan.Democracy in Pakistan has been interrupted by...

  • September 03, 2021

    The power of suo motu

    The myth of constitutionalism in Pakistan keeps bursting. Almost all branches of the government, despite their powers clearly defined in the...

  • July 10, 2021

    The working of the constitution

    The constitution of Pakistan will turn fifty in about two years. It is time to assess its working during all these years. It has been put in...

  • October 03, 2020

    Guaranteed justice

    Nations are led by thinkers, intellectuals, philosophers and idealist leaders. It is a pity that nowadays one hardly finds any noticeable...

  • September 25, 2020

    Support on Kashmir

    Prime Minister Imran Khan forcefully exposed Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir at the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly last...

  • May 09, 2020

    Protecting the amendment

    Why was the 18th Amendment enacted? To ensure provincial autonomy promised in the constitution, to restore the constitution to its original form,...

  • February 28, 2020

    The power to tax

    Tax is a compulsory exaction of money from people by the state in exercise of its sovereign power. Owing to the constitutional evolution in England,...

  • January 23, 2020

    Preparing the nation

    On a recent visit to rural Punjab, it was a painful to see village after village falling to greed by the vandalizing acts of urbanization,...

  • December 04, 2019

    The power to appoint

    The Parliamentary Committee constituted under Article 175 A of the Constitution has amended its rules and decided to interview persons recommended...

  • November 21, 2019

    The right to protest

    The recent Azadi March and then a 13-day sit-in at Peshawar Mor, Islamabad by Maulana Fazlur Rehman and his followers caused a huge inconvenience to...

  • November 01, 2019

    State of due process

    Jurisprudence of the period when the Constitution is abrogated or put in abeyance needs to be ignored as a precedent for the reason that during that...

  • August 08, 2019

    Lessons from Reko Diq

    Pakistan’s abundant natural resources belong to the state and its people, and are held in public trust. Under the constitutional scheme, mineral...

  • July 11, 2019

    Judicial appointments

    The methods of appointment of judges have a direct impact upon both the integrity and the independence of judges. Weak appointments lower the status...

  • December 17, 2018

    Law reforms with the 18th Amendment

    The wellbeing of the people and the economy are dependent upon an efficient legal and justice system. Legal reforms are, therefore, inevitable in...

  • July 25, 2018

    From empires to democracies

    There are multiple reasons for the gradual failure of almost all state institutions in Pakistan. But the more alarming thing is the attitude of our...

  • July 23, 2018

    From empires to democracies: Part-I

    The age of empires is gone, and empires have been replaced by ‘big powers’, which are mostly democracies. The simplest definition of democracy...

  • December 27, 2015

    The amended federation

    The issue of the extension of the Rangers’ powers in Karachi has raised a serious constitutional question regarding the administrative...