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Thursday, November 08, 2007


The Supreme Court of India has the power of superintendence over all courts and tribunals in India and special advisory jurisdiction in matters which may specially be referred to it by the President of India.

It has an important role as the guardian and protector of Fundamental Rights which both the citizens and non-citizens can invoke under Article 32 of the Constitution.

The Apex Court is empower to declare a law passed by Parliament or a State Assembly unconstitutional and hence void if it contravenes provisions of the Constitution especially the Fundamental Rights.

It has also the power to annul both the Executive orders and Legislative enactments for which it issues writs to the authorities concerned all over the country.

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto threatened today to lead a mass protest heading to the capital unless President Pervez Musharraf quits as army chief, holds elections and restores the constitution. (Benazir Ultimatum To Pervez, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Former Prime Minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto today warned General Musharraf that she would launch a "long march" from Lahore to Islamabad next week if he failed to rescind the emergency, restore the Constitution and announced election schedule (Benazir Plans ‘Long March’, Tribune, Afzal Khan, Nov 08, 2007)

Islamic militants have seized more than two-thirds of a key tourist valley in northwest Pakistan, despite a state of emergency imposed to tackle extremism, the police and residents said today. (Militants Seize Over Two-Thirds Of Swat Valley , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

It may be that India remains the only stable democracy in this part of the world, but we are obliged to remember that our democratic habits and manners are under daily assault from different sources. (A Few Simple Lessons From Pakistan Statecraft, Hindu, Harish Khare , Nov 08, 2007)

Pakistan dismisses “excessive” foreign criticism (We’Re Keen On Early Elections: Kasuri, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

From India's point of view, what can be the worst case scenario in Pakistan? It is the replacement of President Pervez Musharraf by a coalition of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Jamaat) and its allies, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine and the fundamentalist . . . (Draft A Plan Of Action, Pioneer, Hiranmay Karlekar, Nov 08, 2007)

THE imposition of emergency rule throughout Pakistan on Nov 3 is a clear indication of the failure of the policies pursued by General Musharraf both as president and the patron saint of the ruling PML-Q which forms the rubberstamp government . . . . (Back To The Drawing Board, Dawn, Syed Shahabuddin, Nov 08, 2007)

GEORGE Orwell understood both tyranny and language very well. One of his many insights in this context is that tyrannical governments change the meaning of words. (Emergency Or Martial Law?, Dawn, Editorial, Dawn, Nov 08, 2007)

Unnerved by the prospect of an adverse US review of its massive aid flows, Pakistan has deployed a team of top lobbyists to Capitol Hill to contain the fallout of President Pervez Musharraf's dictatorial measures in the US Congress. (Pak Hires Lobbyists To Contain Impact On American Aid, Pioneer, S Rajagopalan, Nov 08, 2007)

THE US, believed to be the biggest benefactor of Gen Pervez Musharraf, appears to be putting considerable pressure on him to quickly right the wrongs he has done in Pakistan, resulting in chaos all over that country. (From Bush To Mush, Tribune, Editorial, The Tribune, Nov 08, 2007)

Behind the public rage of Pakistan’s lawyers, who protested for a third day on Wednesday, lies a long-smoldering resentment toward the country’s military President, who at first held out a promise for educated, politically moderate Pakistanis. . . (Why Pak Lawyers Are At The Centre Of Protests Against General Musharraf, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

A local court on Wednesday granted bail to JD(U) MLA Anant Singh and five others arrested on charges of assaulting journalists here last week. (Attack On Scribes: Jd(u) Mla, Others Granted Bail, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Controversial JD (U) MLA Anant Singh, who was remanded to judicial custody for assaulting journalists last week, was granted bail by a local court here on Wednesday (Ex-Minister Out On Bail In Murder Case , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Tehelka sting operation underscores the urgency of simultaneously pursuing the prosecution of the culprits and fighting Hindutva politically in a spirited way. (Unfinished Agenda, Frontline, Praful Bidwai, Nov 08, 2007)

Three books that constitute an instructive guide to governance in the United Kingdom. (Politicians & Lies, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 08, 2007)

It is no accident that those who advocate war for humanitarian reasons end up justifying torture. (Torture And ‘Humanitarian War’, Hindu, John Laughland, Nov 07, 2007)

THE 25 accused in the Tokyo War Crimes Trial were charged with crimes against peace: the planning, preparation, initiation, or waging of a declared or undeclared war of aggression, or a war in violation of international law, treaties. (A Dishonest Judgment, Frontline, A.G. NOORANI, Nov 07, 2007)

Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose Emergency in Pakistan looks like his last desperate effort to restore a semblance of order in a nuclear-armed, jihad-supporting nation propped up by an imagined identity and foreign aid (General's Last Gambit, Pioneer, Wilson John, Nov 07, 2007)

Sixty-year-old Yacoob thanked Allah as he spontaneously knelt on the floor of the special court trying the Coimbatore blast case. (Trial And Error , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Tamil Nadu enacts a law granting separate reservation for Muslims and Christians in the Backward Classes quota. (Reservation For Minorities, Frontline, S. Viswanathan, Nov 07, 2007)


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