By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's top court on Wednesday warned the military and intelligence agencies they must not exceed their mandate and meddle in politics, an apparent rebuke over their handling of Islamist protests in 2017. The judges' comments were a rare public ticking off for the powerful armed forces, which have ruled for nearly half of Pakistan's history and have in recent years been criticised for resuming a more active role in politics. The army denies interfering. The Supreme Court was investigating the so-called "Faizabad protest", which saw a hardline Islamist group paralyse the capital Islamabad accusing a minister of blasphemy. But the inquiry also looked at the role of security agencies, including ending the standoff through mediation. Seven people were killed and nearly 200 wounded when police initially tried but failed to remove protesters. The military is widely seen to have disagreed with civilian authorities over how to handle the protests. … [Read more...] about ‘Stay out of politics’ Pakistan court tells powerful military
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A Pakistani transgender activist brought the rights of fellow transgender people in the country to a court in Lahore on Wednesday seeking police enforcement of laws against beating and torturing transgender people, a regular occurrence in the Islamic country. Pakistan’s constitution establishes the country as explicitly Islamic; its preamble begins with the words “in the name of Allah, the most Beneficient, the most Merciful.” Congress cannot enact laws that run afoul of Sharia, the Islamic legal code.Pakistan nonetheless passed laws protecting transgender people from harm, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, in May, allowing citizens to legally choose their gender, run for office despite identifying as transgender, and remain free of discrimination or violence. Transgender people also enjoy a higher profile in public life in the country. In December, Lahore hosted its first Trans Pride Parade. Pakistan legally recognizes three genders: male, female, … [Read more...] about Transgender Pakistanis Take Their Rights to Nation’s Islamic Courts
By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan swears in a new chief justice on Friday, opening the next chapter for the Supreme Court which has made a name for an expansive agenda that has ranged from ousting a prime minister to pressing authorities to improve the public water supply. Outgoing Chief Justice Saqib Nisar cultivated a high profile, launching multiple inquiries aimed at reforming public institutions and going after political leaders, attracting both praise for cracking down on abuse and criticism that he was exceeding the court's role. His successor, Supreme Court judge Asif Saeed Khosa, has a taste for literary quotation but is otherwise considered a more classical judge, preferring to stay out of the limelight. "I think Justice Khosa's tenure will be substantially different," said Saroop Ijaz, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch, who has been critical of Nisar's activist court. In one of its best-known judgements, the Supreme Court removed three-time Prime Minister Nawaz … [Read more...] about Incoming Pakistan Chief Justice opens new era for powerful court
TOMMY Robinson is using his far-right notoriety to launch a UK media empire after revealing a plot to tour the world, The Sun Online can reveal. The English Defence League founder, 36, has set up the new media company following his release from jail in a bid to cash in on his alt-right fame. He has established the "news agency" firm called Bubba Media and in a comment to The Sun claimed the company will be a "news site". He also changed bosses on another called Lennon Consultancy for "book publishing". Robinson, who we revealed is being touted as the next Ukip leader, is understood to be planning a lucrative speaking tour for his followers around the globe. The anti-Islam campaigner, under real name Stephen Lennon, set up Bubba Media in November and resigned from his second company Lennon Consultancy. Both firms are registered to a large business park in Luton. The move follows on from the far-right activist working for Canadian alt-right news site Rebel Media and raising … [Read more...] about Tommy Robinson to cash in on his notoriety by launching UK media company
JEREMY Hunt became Foreign Secretary after Boris Johnson dramatically quit the role over the handling of Brexit plans. The former health serviceboss was promoted after securing a £20billion funding increase for the struggling NHS. Here's what we know. How old is Jeremy Hunt? Jeremy Richard Strensham Hunt was born in November 1966. The 51-year-old was raised in Surrey and attended the prestigious Charterhouse School before going on to Oxford and studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics, the favoured course of future political leaders. Hunt was at Oxford at the same time as former PM David Cameron and the man he succeeded as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Following a number of roles in the shadow cabinet, the MP for South West Surrey was made Minister for the Olympics and then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. In 2012 he was appointed Secretary of State for Health. During the 2016 EU referendum, Mr Hunt supported Remain but a year later said he had changed his … [Read more...] about How old is Jeremy Hunt, what’s the Foreign Secretary’s net worth and how long was he Health Secretary for?