Umer Abdullah

  • The Kashmir dispute dates back to 1947 when Indian sub-continent was divided on religious grounds with Muslim majority areas on the West and East forming Pakistan, and the rest forming part of India. However, princely states had the option to either join India or Pakistan, and Kashmir’s ...

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  • Inspite of common ideology and a common struggle for emancipation, the geographical separation of East and West by 1000 miles exerted tremendous pressure on the two to go their own separate ways. This was true even without any interference from India, which is considered to be the main villain and ...

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  • The essence of any democratic Constitution lies in defining and limiting the authority of the State in relation to the sphere of individual freedom and in providing for the exercise of that authority by the representatives of the people elected in fair and free elections. The term ‘free and ...

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  • For the last two years, I have been watching, with the deepest anxiety the ruthless struggle for power, corruption, the shameful exploitation of our simple, honest, patriotic and industrious masses, the lack of decorum and the prostitution of Islam for political ends. There have been a few ...

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  • When I heard the news that a lawyer threw shoe at a judge for rejecting bail application, my first reaction was nothing as it is accepted as ‘business as usual’ in legal fraternity. We in legal fraternity have become indifferent to any highhandedness on part of the lawyers that ...

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  • Con Coughlin in his book Churchill's First War: Young Winston and the Fight Against the Taliban discusses the First Afghan War between the British and the Afghan tribesmen. It did not take Churchill long to conclude that Malakand campaign was futile. He wrote that “Financially it is ruinous. ...

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  • Section 1 of IRO 2011 provides that:“It shall apply to all persons employed in any establishment or industry, in the Islamabad Capital Territory or carrying on business in more than one province.”Another justification which may be used by the Federal Government for protection of IRO ...

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  • In the year 1969, the Industrial Relations Ordinance 1969 (IRO 1969) was promulgated by repealing numerous statutes namely East Pakistan Trade Unions Act 1965, East Pakistan Labour Disputes Act 1965, West Pakistan Industrial Disputes Ordinance 1968 and the West Pakistan Trade Union Ordinance 1968 ...

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