Julian Assange, an Australian journalist and co-founder of WikiLeaks, has published confidential US military records exposing evidence of war crimes and human rights abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, Assange faces legal charges, including allegations of sexual assault and espionage, sparking debates about press freedom and government transparency. On the contrary, the perpetrator of these crimes preaches democracy and freedom while criticizing other states for waging wars.
The judicial hierarchy in Pakistan includes the Supreme Court, high courts, civil courts, and criminal courts. Focusing on the Lahore High Court (LHC), Sadia Iqbal highlights its evolutionary history, reflecting the transitions in governance. The LHC, through landmark decisions, contributes to contemporary legal discourse, addressing issues like climate change, sedition laws, and women’s rights. Despite commendable decisions, challenges still persist in the workings of the high court.
Sadia Iqbal elaborates on the pressing issue of electricity theft through the “kunda” system in Pakistan. This illegal practice enables individuals to bypass meters, evade electricity bills, and aggravate the nation’s energy crisis by establishing unauthorized connections to power lines. The author identifies undetectable transmission losses and social factors such as poverty as primary causes of the prevalence of electricity theft. The consequences of the kunda system extend beyond financial losses, encompassing damage to infrastructure, fostering dishonesty, and contributing to a broader atmosphere of lawlessness.