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Challenging the Decision: Government Allows ISI to Tap Phone Calls A recent decision by the federal government to allow the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to tap phone calls has sparked controversy and legal action. Citizen Mashkoor Hus­sain has taken the matter to the Lahore High Court, filing a writ petition through Advocate Nadeem Sarwar to challenge this decision. The petitioner argues that call-tapping is a serious invasion of privacy, especially in a time where communication technology is advancing rapidly. The right to have private phone conversations without interference is essential, and the petitioner believes this decision violates Article 4 of the…

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An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore has reserved its verdict on PTI founding chairman Imran Khan’s pre-arrest bail petitions in three cases related to the May 9 riots. The prosecution compared last year’s protests to the US Capitol Hill attacks, while the defence denied allegations of conspiracy. Barrister Salman Safdar, representing Mr Khan, argued that there was no witness to prove that he incited violence and emphasized that Mr Khan condemned the attacks on state institutions. The defence highlighted irregularities in the handling of Mr Khan’s case, including his illegal arrest and subsequent condemnation of the May 9 incidents. Prosecutors…

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Controversial Defamation Law Enacted in Punjab Despite Opposition The Provincial Assembly of Punjab faced backlash as the controversial legislation on defamation, which restricts press freedom, was signed into law by acting Governor Malik Ahmad Khan, a member of the PML-N party. The PPP-nominated Governor Sardar Saleem Haider was on leave at the time, leading to the enactment of the Punjab Defamation Act 2024 without his consultation. The law sparked controversy, with journalists and civil society organizations challenging its legality in the Lahore High Court. The petition argued that the new legislation violated citizens’ fundamental rights, suggesting amendments to existing laws…

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Justice Syed Man­soor Ali Shah of the Supreme Court emphasized the need for coexistence and tolerance in Pakistani society, highlighting the country’s low ranking in terms of religious freedom. Speaking at the Justice A.R. Cornelius Conference, Justice Shah called for greater representation of minority communities in higher judiciary positions, stating that they are an integral part of the nation. Referring to the Freedom House Report, Justice Shah expressed disappointment in Pakistan’s ranking at the bottom of the religious freedom segment, urging the nation to collectively work towards improving this situation. He emphasized the protection of minority rights as enshrined in…

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