The need for an independent judiciary in Pakistan

One of the causes of the present crisis in Pakistan is the lack of an independent judiciary.

Every society needs a judiciary. The reason for this is that it is in the nature of’ things that there will be some disputes between the people among themselves and between the people and the authorities. Hence there must be a forum for peaceful resolution of these disputes, otherwise, they will be resolved violently, with guns, bombs, swords or lathis. Since time immemorial every society in the world has had a judiciary, and it cannot do without it, as without it there can be no peace.

Justice Markandey Katju: The formula to make India mighty and great again

Justice Markandey Katju writes: With our huge pool of technical talent and immense natural resources India (in which I include Pakistan and Bangladesh, for we are really one country, only artificially and temporarily divided) should be today a mighty industrial giant, like the US or China, with our people enjoying a standard of living equal, if not higher than most of the developed nations in the world.

US State Dept: “We are concerned about the notification of (India’s) Citizenship (Amendment) Act”

The United States said on Thursday that it is “concerned” about the notification of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in India, adding that it is “closely monitoring” the implementation of the act. “We are concerned about the notification of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on March 11,” US State Department Spokesperson, Matthew Miller told reporters at his daily briefing on Thursday.

India’s PM Modi congratulates Shehbaz Sharif on being sworn-in as Pakistan’s PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on being sworn-in as Pakistan’s PM. In a post on X, PM Modi stated, “Congratulations to @CMShehbaz on being sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.” PM Modi extended wishes after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif was on Monday sworn in as the 24th Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Formation of People’s International Tribunal to investigate atrocities on the people of Pakistan

By Justice Markandey Katju- (Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman of, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own) A People’s International Tribunal to investigate into the atrocities on the people of Pakistan has been formed, taking inspiration from the People’s International Tribunals formed by […]

Pakistan Politics: PML-N, PPP clinch deal; Shehbaz Sharif set to be Pak PM; Asi Ali Zardari President

PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is set to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan while PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is slated to be the President of the country, according to PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. After days of hectic parleys, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) late on Tuesday reached an agreement to form the coalition government and who will be on the top slots.

Justice Markandey Katju: Fresh elections are the only way out in Pakistan

Justice Markandey Katju writes: It is almost universally accepted that the Pakistan parliamentary elections held on February 8 were rigged on the orders of the army generals, and had the elections been free and fair former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) would have won close to 225 out of the 266 seats being contested, instead of the 100 independents being declared winners.

Justice Markandey Katju: The truth about developments in Pakistan

Justice Markandey Katju writes: Most people have a superficial understanding of events, and do not penetrate the surface to see the underlying realities. To understand what is really going on in Pakistan, one must view it in a broader, world context.
Today, the main contest in the world is between two alliances
(1) The US-Europe alliance, and
(2) The China-Russia alliance.
What is happening in Pakistan is a proxy struggle between these two groupings.

Imran Khan casts vote from jail as polling begins for Pakistan general elections

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan on Thursday (Pakistan time) cast his vote for the general elections by a postal ballot from Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, local media reported. Other incarcerated leaders who could vote included former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former Punjab province chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid, and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry.

Justice Markandey Katju: India and Pakistan, a tale of two elections

Justice Markandey Katju writes: India and Pakistan are scheduled to hold parliamentary elections soon, and the results in both countries can be safely predicted — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP will register a massive victory in India; and in Pakistan, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) or PMLN, in coalition with Bilawal Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), will win a majority.

Justice Markandey Katju: Dark days in Pakistan after Imran Khan imprisonment

Justice Markandey Katju writes: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmud Qureshi, were sentenced by a special court on Tuesday to 10 years imprisonment in the cypher case. There is an adage in Hindustani: “Jaat kahe sun jaatni, isi gaon mein rehna. Billi oonth le gayi, to haanji haanji kehna” (A jaat said to his wife: Listen, we have to keep living in this village; if the king says that a cat carried away a camel, just nod your head and say, “Quite right, Your Majesty, quite right”).

Justice Markandey Katju: My letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan that has gone viral

Justice Markandey Katju writes: Mr Qazi Faez Isa (I refuse to address you as Justice as you do not deserve that appellation), I am writing to you to tell you some bitter truths. You are a disgrace to the judiciary of the whole world, as you have shamelessly betrayed your solemn oath to uphold the Constitution of your country and protect the liberties and rights of the people of Pakistan.