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Umer Gilani
Umer Gilani

  • July 21, 2019

    The high court’s woes

    Political commentators tend to think that 'political' cases – the likes of the Avenfield case, the Al-Azizia case and fake accounts case – are...

  • June 09, 2019

    Deliberating a reference

    Two weeks back, unconfirmed news started circulating in the media that the president of Pakistan had filed references before the Supreme Judicial...

  • May 26, 2019

    Citizens or refugees?

    One of the 20th century’s most widely-loved pieces of literature is a song from the 1960s titled ‘Blowing in the Wind’. Authored by Bob Dylan,...

  • May 05, 2019

    Silent coup

    On Monday, April 30, 2019, a slim majority of the Punjab Assembly voted in favour of the Punjab Local Government Bill, 2019. The Punjab governor has...

  • August 19, 2018

    Reengineering the civil service

    The room is packed with an eager audience of journalists. Advocate Khurshid Hassan Meer, newly-appointed minister for establishment of the PPP, is...

  • February 16, 2018

    Judicial activism for judicial reform

    “A judiciary which … is tardy… and has no urge… and ability to decide the cases/disputes before it expeditiously… is a danger to the state...

  • August 02, 2017

    Case in Point: Moving beyond Panamagate

    In January, after the retirement of Chief Justice Jamali, a re-constituted Supreme Court bench began hearing the Panama case. It soon became clear...