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Constitutional Law (Total Marks - 100)


I. Definition and Scope of constitutional Law, Basic Constitutional Concepts (Constitutional Conventions, Rule of Law, Due Process), Constitutional Structures (Parliamentary, Presidential, Separation of Powers), Judiciary (Independence of Judicial Review, Theories of Constitutional  Interpretation) Fundamental Human and Political Rights and Civil Liberties (freedom of speech,  association, assembly, movement and Right to Counsel, life, property, religion, privacy, self  incrimination, double jeopardy).

II. Principles of Constitutional Law with special reference to United Kingdom, United States of America, France, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Turkey.

III. Constitutional History of Pakistan: Principles of Constitutional Law of Pakistan, Salient feature of the Government of India Act, 1935, Indian Independence Act 1947, Objectives Resolution 1949, Constitutions  of  1956,  1962  and  1973  Constitution, Abrogation of the Constitutions and the Martial Laws, Legal Framework Order, 1970,
The PCO of 1981, The RCO of 1985, The LFO-2002, Amendments in the 1973 Constitution.

IV. Legal Development:

  • Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan v. Federation of Pakistan PLD 1955 Sindh 96.
  • Federation of Pakistan vs. Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan.
  • Reference by the Governor-General PLD 1955 FC 435
  • State v. Dosso PLD 1958 SC 533.
  • Usif Patel v. Crown PLD 1955 FC 387
  • Begum Nusrat Bhutto v. Chief of the Army Staff PLD 1977 SC 657
  • Hakim Khan v. Government of Pakistan PLD 1992 SC 585
  • Nawaz Sharif v. President of Pakistan PLD 1993 SC 473
  • Benazir Bhutto v. the President of Pakistan PLD 1992 SC 492
  • Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, PLD 1988 Lah. 725
  • Federation of Pakistan v. Haji Saifullah Khan PLD 1989 SC 166
  • Khawaja Ahmad Tariq Rahim PLD 1992 SC 646
  • Benazir Bhutto v. President of Pakistan, PLD 1998 SC 388
  • Asma Jilani v. Government of the Punjab PLD 1972 SC 139
  • State v. Zia ur Rehman PLD 1973 SC 49
  • Mahmood Khan Achakzai v. Fed. of Pakistan PLD 1997 SC
  • Zafar Ali Shah case, 2000

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Suggested Readings

  Title Author
Comparative Constitutional Law Hamid Khan & M.W. Rana
Constitution of Pakistan 1973 Shabbar Raza Rizvi
Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution Dicey
Elgar Encyclopedia of Comparative Law J.M. Smits
Constitutional & Political History of Pakistan Dicey
Human Rights in Constitutional Law SR. Bansali
Constitutional Documents of Pakistan Safdar Mahmood
The Leading Cases in Constitutional Law A.G.Chaudhry

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