Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim PM

Former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk. (AFP)
Updated 28 May 2018
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Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim PM

  • Announcement followed several unsuccessful meetings between prime minister, opposition leader
  • “Today is a day of great importance in the democratic rung of the country,” said Abbasi, adding that Mulk’s “history is impeccable” and his “contribution has been outstanding”

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk was appointed caretaker prime minister on Monday.
The announcement followed several unsuccessful meetings between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and opposition leader Khurshid Shah over the last six weeks.
“Today is a day of great importance in the democratic rung of the country,” said Abbasi, adding that Mulk’s “history is impeccable” and his “contribution has been outstanding.”

 

In 1994, Mulk became a judge at the Peshawar High Court for 10 years. He was appointed the court’s chief justice in 2004. Having presided over numerous high-profile cases, he was transferred to the Supreme Court.
Mulk served as acting chief election commissioner in 2013, and in July 2014 he was sworn in as Pakistan’s chief justice before President Mamnoon Hussain.
The current government’s term expires on May 31, after which the interim setup will be put in place.

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In 1994, Mulk became a judge at the Peshawar High Court for 10 years. He was appointed the court’s chief justice in 2004. Mulk served as acting chief election commissioner in 2013, and in July 2014 he was sworn in as Pakistan’s chief justice before President Mamnoon Hussain.


Millions of women still landless despite global push for equality

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Millions of women still landless despite global push for equality

  • Throughout rural areas in Zimbabwe, for example, widows routinely find themselves harassed and exploited by in-laws claiming the property their husbands left behind
WASHINGTON: Millions of women worldwide are still unable to access and own land despite laws recognizing their rights, researchers and campaigners said on Monday as they urged countries to bridge the gap between policy and practice.
Patriarchal attitudes toward women and girls and a lack of knowledge of their own rights “prevent millions of women from owning land,” said Victoria Stanley, senior rural development specialist at the World Bank.
“Only 30 percent of the world’s population own land titles, and women are often the least likely to have any land registered,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a World Bank conference in Washington, D.C.
“Stand for her land,” a campaign launched on Monday by the World Bank and advocacy groups including Landesa and Habitat for Humanity International, aims to change that by promoting better implementation of land laws for women.
Globally, more than 400 million women farm, yet only about 15 percent of farmland is owned by women, according to Landesa.
That inequality exposes women to all manner of rights abuses, rights activists say.
Throughout rural areas in Zimbabwe, for example, widows routinely find themselves harassed and exploited by in-laws claiming the property their husbands left behind.
Although Zimbabwe’s constitution gives women and men equal rights to property and land, in many rural communities tradition overrides national legislation, experts say.
Godfrey Massey of Landesa Tanzania said the existence of laws in itself does not necessarily translate into better access to land for women.
“Women can own land just as men, but few women are aware of this in Tanzania,” he said, calling for more initiatives at the community level to raise awareness of land rights.
“We’ve seen trainings lead to a rise in women joining village land councils or realizing that their husband can’t mortgage the family land without their consent,” he said.
Rajan Samuel of Habitat for Humanity India said that efforts to improve land rights must acknowledge cultural norms like India’s centuries-old Hindu caste system.
“You can have all the policies in the world, if you don’t engage the community from day one you won’t succeed,” he said.