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Article: Election Dispute Resolution - Faults & Remedies

Pakistan is a country where allegations of rigging are common place. From local Olympic body elections to the presidential election itself, the sirens of unfairness and dishonesty can be heard loudly. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the election dispute resolution system, devised to resolve the contentions arising from the general elections as well as the by-elections, is rendered inefficient and incapable of executing its function by all concerned corners, not the least because of a lack of capacity. 

- Omar Amir, INP

 

Case Study: Legal Aid Office an initiative by Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid

In Pakistan, approximately 2.5 million cases are pending in our courts, and our legal and judicial systems suffer from chronic delays in the disposal of cases as well as the problem of access to justice to the poor. Article 37(d) of the Constitution of Pakistan makes ensuring inexpensive and expeditious justice a principle of policy for the state. Yet precious little has been done in this regard, primarily because principles of policy are subject to availability of resources. In 1999 the Pakistan Bar Council amended its Free Legal Aid Scheme of 1988 to include a newly devised set of rules, namely the Pakistan Bar Council Free Legal Aid Rules of 1999 (the “Rules”). 

- Zainab Qaiserani, INP

 

Article: The Crisis of Legal Aid in Pakistan

 

Pakistan is a highly litigious society. However, most of the litigation, it may be emphasized, is not that which deals with the determination of legal and constitutional rights. The courts are used less as an option of last resort and more as a tool for leverage. Pakistan is a highly litigious society. However, most of the litigation, it may be emphasized, is not that which deals with the determination of legal and constitutional rights. The courts are used less as an option of last resort and more as a tool for leverage.

- Yasser Latif Hamdani, INP

 

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