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Pakistan needs a corps of international law experts to safeguard national interests

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    Pakistan needs a corps of international law experts to safeguard national interests

    JULY 17, 2019

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    Pakistan needs a “battalion” of young lawyers and legal experts working within the government since “lawfare” i.e. warfare based on legal instruments is being used in the current world order.

    Not only should the legal fraternity take interest in policy law, the government should also encourage young legal minds by opening up its doors to them. This was stated by Ahmer Bilal Soofi, former Federal Minister of Law and Special Envoy of Prime Minister of Pakistan and founder of Research Institute of Law (RSIL)at the Guest Lecture on “Pakistan’s Achilles’ Heel: A Case for International Law and Diplomacy” organised by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute in Islamabad.

    Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi discussed Pakistan’s domestic, regional and global legal challenges, and the corrective measures required to address them. He outlined how Pakistan can present its case more effectively if the battles in the courtrooms are well fought. Mr Soofi also analysed Pakistan’s preparedness on legal grounds when it comes to dealing with India and state-sponsored terrorism in order to make the country’s case stronger on political, economic as well as legal fronts.

    He reiterated that Pakistan should aggressively pursue strategic legal cases, while being open to negotiations on commercial ones. “This would help restore international investors’ confidence in Pakistan.” Soofi pointed out that the Kulbhashan Jadhav case, being heard at the International Court of Justice, is one of the few instances in which credible, irrefutable evidence of terrorist activities against Pakistan has emerged. “It has the potential of serving as a turning point through which Pakistan can project to the world something it has not been able to argue with as much success owing to India’s lawfare against us in international relations. India has made their goalpost very hard to achieve since it now represents a credible challenge to the two-decade long Indian narrative of an innocent state being hounded by us”, he said.

    Soofi asserted that legal jargon is a tool of real politick and statecraft, and stressed that Pakistan’s weak position in the international sphere is not only a direct consequence of lack of understanding of international legal affairs and legal expertise, but also inability to fight the battle of perceptions.

    In this regard, he highlighted the 2008 Mumbai Attacks case and the legal avenues pursued by Pakistan in its aftermath. “While law fare has begun to be weaponized by states, Pakistan failed in perception management in this case and as a result the fallout is being felt to this day, especially on the Kashmir freedom struggle.

    We could not document the distance we wanted to create and the Mumbai case caused multidimensional damage to our international image. As a nation, Pakistan must also be equipped to defeat such strategies being employed against us and invest in goodwill capital”, he stressed. The former Federal Law Minister also said that Pakistan needs to invest in our overseas lawyers and focus on legal diplomacy and bring back Kashmir to the centre point where it belongs. Earlier, welcoming representatives from the law fraternity, diplomats and academicians, Ambassador Vice Admiral (R) Khan Hashambin Saddique, President of IPRI said that this was an apt time for this talk as several international legal cases involving Pakistan have either been recently concluded or will conclude soon.

    He expressed the hope that the discourse would be beneficial since legal dimensions are gaining currency in international affairs. “Pakistan needs a comprehensive legal framework which enables us to defend the country’s national interests both within and outside. Lack of expertise on legal aspects, whether related to diplomacy, economy, armed conflict, or the environment etc., integral to state institutions, often hampers progress and is an impediment in statecraft.

    He said that IPRI will undertake and sponsor research in this vital field of study in order to provide inputs to the government.


    https://dailytimes.com.pk/431491/pa...-law-experts-to-safeguard-national-interests/
     
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    Following international laws and regimens would be a good start, fustavaal.
     
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    Hopefully the govt listens!

    Our international image has been tarnished by our laziness to pursue issues and that too with efficiency and dedication! Unfortunately with years of safarish people with no whim nor will to do any good for Pakistan has caused disastrous years of pain and inability to build a successful narrative!

    I mean even our foreign chairs are empty, so who is going to talk about Pakistan? Who is going to share our narrative when people are too busy getting rich off the nation or running away from the nation?
     
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    It is up to PMIK's government to rectify this situation since nothing is stopping them from implementing steps to get this done.
     
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    Sorry what is this? I am not familiar with it :)

    Nothing except a majority I GUESS....

    Fixing the law would mean rozi pani of many disappearing!
     
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    @Nilgiri understands this term clearly. :D

    PMIK has the authority to implement a vigorous foreign policy and to appoint the corps to help him carry it around the world.
     
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    Faarstaaavaal/fustavaal/farstaavol etc = "First of all" with desi accent esp south indian hehe.
     
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    Not to forget fushatavaal. :D

    (followed by saykundavaal. :D )
     
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    Beureaucracy in Pakistan is rusted, corrupt, self centric, looters and the people who are here just to obey the head looter.
    Their biggest sin is incompetency, btw. Right from Sindh Taas to Reqo Diq, every case proved that Pakistan needs a better driving force, that will drive both govt and forces, like East India company.
     
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    that includes writing good contracts to begin with
     
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    Yes, but once it is signed, it must be honored. Or pay the penalties, as we can see.
     
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    I thought we had Rana Sana
     
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    Which is why you need lawyers. The contested points are did Pakistan 'respect international law' which can only be established in a court of law where that point can be contested and proven.

    True. what do you think lawyers are paid for? To draw contracts that protect the clients interest and if it comes to it defending and wining in court. The fact that Pakistan got jacked with multi-billion damages means lawyers failed. From framing the contracts to defending the country against damages.
     
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