Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jinnah's Pakistan: Calling a spade a spade

This relates to Mr Yaqoob Bangash's historically inaccurate article in Express Tribune on the captioned matter.  

It is well known that Jinnah's Muslim League included Ismailis, Shias, Sunnis, Ahmadis etc and therefore the question of defining a Muslim did not arise. In fact Jinnah expressly ruled out the idea when he was pressurised on Ahmadi question. To Mr. Jinnah a Muslim was a person who professed to be a Muslim. Similarly Jinnah never declared Muslims outside the League to be Non-Muslim. His claim that Muslim League represented the Muslims was borne out of his desire to negotiate with the Congress at a level of parity. He never suggested people outside the League were non-Muslims. In fact it was Majlis-e-Ahrar and other Congress allies which declared Jinnah to be a Non-Muslim for being too secular, too westernised and soft on Ahmadis. A mere reading of the Munir Report will prove my point.  Similarly 11 August is not the only speech that Jinnah gave which gave an inclusive democratic vision. There were many others and these are easily searchable. This one speech mantra is historically inaccurate. Finally Jinnah's actions as Governor General were driven by the fact that on 22 August 1947, the Khan sb ministry enjoyed the support of only 16 members out of a house of 39. His action was completely constitutional. 

I do not know what Jinnah's Pakistan is but Jinnah the man was not born on 23 March 1940. He had spent 4 decades in politics most of which was dedicated to civil liberties, equality and religious freedom for all Indians. 

Mr. Bangash unfortunately has slandered the memory of the one man whose wise words we need to follow at this critical juncture in our history.  What private griefs they harbor, one cannot say, but distorting history is hardly the way to go about it.

Click here for my detailed rebuttal.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

What is the 501(c)(3) status?

You may have heard the term 501(c)(3) being bandied about.

This refers to an organization that has applied for and obtained a tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For this an organization is required to be any of the following:

1. Formed for a charitable purpose.

2. Formed for a religious purpose.

3. Formed for an educational purpose.

4. Formed for a scientific purpose.

5. Formed for a literary purpose.

6. Formed to foster national or international amateur sports competition

7. Formed to prevent cruelty to children or animal.

An organization with 501(c)(3) status does not pay taxes related to nonprofit purposes and can also receive tax deductible contributions from donors and is eligible for private foundation grants. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Skeleton Argument 2 - Sample Plea in Mitigation - Example

Assault occasioning bodily harm.

Good Morning Sir, I appear before you on behalf of my client ___________who has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm contrary to S.47 of the Offences Against the Person Act, 1861, to make a plea in mitigation.
I put to you that there are some mitigating factors that ought to be considered prior to sentencing.
May I proceed Sir (ask permission)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Handling Divorces World Wide. Questions to ask yourself and your divorce lawyer.

Divorce is a horrible, horrible thing but can be a necessary evil.  However, more and more Americans and people all over the world are getting divorced. In this blog we will explain what you should look for when looking for a Divorce Lawyer or  Divorce Attorney.

1. First and foremost- you need to identify what it is that you need a divorce lawyer for? 

Ask yourself these questions:

a. Is your divorce contested or uncontested?

b. Have you amicably decided the asset division?

c. What law does your jurisdiction have?  Laws differ on the basis of jurisdiction. You would need an expert on the local law and someone - in certain cases- who is an expert in conflict of laws.

d. Was there a prenuptial agreement? Is there a post-nuptial agreement?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Supreme Court hears the Ahmadi Supplementary Lists Petition

The Supreme Court of Pakistan's Bench No. 1 comprising the Honourable Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Mr. Justice Azmat Saeed is hearing what is in this writer's opinion the most important case which covers the issue of citizenship rights as these interact with voting rights.

Where can you buy Jinnah:Myth and Reality online?

Well here are some locations:

1. http://www.dkagencies.com/doc/from/1063/to/1123/bkId/DKB34171627632175100616894138371/details.html

2. http://www.saeedbookbank.com/prod.asp?bstslrid=119452

3. http://www.alabbasinternational.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=449

4. http://bookcentreorg.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/title-jinnah-myth-and-reality-author-yasir-latif-price-pak-rs795-tel-92-51-5565234/

5. http://www.vanguardbooks.com/search.php?searchbase=Title&feed=Jinnah%3A+Myth+and+Reality&x=3&y=9

Monday, March 11, 2013

Restraining Orders including temporary restraining orders and domestic violence restraining orders

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

This article will explain the process of getting a restraining order in the US:

What is a restraining order?

A restraining order is a court order - a civil order- designed to protect a party from someone who that party legitimately feels threatened by. In most cases this falls in the definition of Domestic Violence. The most obvious case where one party may seek a restraining order is a case of domestic violence.  If you are in an abusive relationship you may have a case against your partner for a restraining order.