The phenomenon of Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) became a significant part of the international discourse in 2012, with the inflow of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” (also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, or Daesh). In response to the threat posed by FTFs, Security Council Resolution 2178 was passed under binding Chapter VII powers, which urged member states to “ensure that their domestic laws and regulations establish serious criminal offences sufficient to provide the ability to prosecute and to penalize in a manner duly reflecting the seriousness of the offense”.
Owing to the latest national security concerns, the centrality and primacy of criminal law in meeting national security requirements cannot be discounted. This post examines areas of concern that must be considered while imagining the role of criminal law in national security.
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has brought the world to a halt, it has concomitantly boosted the criminal economy by creating unprecedented circumstances, easily exploitable by a few. This piece aims to highlight the financial vulnerabilities that have been created due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while briefly discussing the potential safeguards against the exploitation of such vulnerabilities, as suggested by FATF—the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog.
In Pakistan’s society’s relationship to public policy is essentially emotional; the domain of criminal justice policy is no exception. There is hardly any discussion on sex crimes, especially rape and its species of offences, in the normal course of things.
If Pound’s axiomatic first step is taken in understanding laws related to Financial Action Task Force (FATF), it will transpire that many laws have virtually been rewritten; these laws have affected civil, business, corporate, tax, criminal and regulatory regimes in a significant manner. The characteristic feature of FATF-related legislation is that it has linked civil and regulatory laws with criminal laws of the country.
The Asia Pacific Group (APG) of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued a Mutual Evaluation Report (MER) on Pakistan in October 2019. It is an interesting read for anyone looking to understand governance in Pakistan. It maps the trajectory of policy making and its implementation between the federal and provincial governments. It also expounds…
The latest judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in case of Ghulam Hussain vs. the State is an attempt to interpret the codified definition of ‘terrorism’ in Pakistan’s anti-terrorism law. Before entering into the legalese of the judgement itself, it is imperative to ask this question: Why should the Supreme Court of Pakistan venture to interpret the definition of ‘terrorism’?
Brief overview of Pakistan’s Criminal Justice System and Role of Federal and Provincial Governments within the purview of Constitution of Pakistan.