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British-Pakistani awarded prestigious Pegasus scholarship

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LONDON: British-Pakistani barrister Fahrid Chishty has been awarded a highly prestigious legal scholarship by the Inns of Court in London.

This is the first time in the history of the programme that a Pegasus Scholar has been appointed to Pakistan, which marks a milestone moment. 

The Pegasus Scholarship was developed under the auspices of Lord Goff of Chieveley in 1987 and is considered a highly prestigious award at the English Bar. It is granted annually to a small number of gifted junior barristers who are deemed future leaders of the legal profession. 

The grant allows scholars the opportunity to travel overseas to observe the operation of the Common Law in different jurisdictions and build enduring links with fellow practitioners abroad.

Fahrid told Geo News that he will be travelling to Pakistan later this year to work with members of the legal fraternity and judiciary in connection with various criminal justice projects.

British-Pakistani barrister Fahrid Chishty. — By the author
British-Pakistani barrister Fahrid Chishty. — By the author

Fahrid said he is particularly interested in the question of criminal justice reform and will have the opportunity to study and review a raft of relevant domestic procedural and statutory laws. This will include matters ranging from the rules of evidence during the trial to sentencing policy and procedure. 

He will also exchange views on Artificial Intelligence (AI), case management technologies and forensic evidence with his Pakistani equivalents in a bid to increase reciprocal, bilateral learning between the two countries’ respective legal professions.

Fahrid was called to the Bar in 2019 and practises from Libertas Chambers in London, specialising in criminal, constitutional, regulatory and international law. 

He said he was honoured and deeply privileged to have been selected for this prize and looks forward to the opportunity to learn from colleagues and seniors in Pakistan.

He said: “Pakistan is a place close to my heart. My paternal grandparents hail from inner Lahore and my maternal family has their origins in Serai Saleh, Hazara. It would be an immense honour to be able to contribute back to the land of his forefathers in his capacity as an English-trained barrister and jurist.”

Fahrid’s father Makhdoom Chishti was a Commander with the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard and became the highest-ranking Muslim police officer in the UK. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2010 and later received the Sitar-i-Imitiaz from the President of Pakistan in 2018. 

Makhdoom Chishti led Scotland Yard’s response against terrorism at a time when London and the UK faced serious terror threats during the ‘war on terror.’

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In the Kech District of Balochistan, he was from Turbat Area.

The martyr’s family, as well as officers and troops from FC Balochistan and the Pakistan Army, paid tribute to the martyr’s heroic sacrifice by reciting Fatiha and laying flower wreaths.

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Apart from her exceptional acting abilities, Resham is also renowned for her empathy.

Her significant charitable activities are well known.

Online criticism has been directed at Resham, despite her commendable attempts to promote poor areas.

Nevertheless, she decides to keep an optimistic outlook and is unmoved by the disparaging remarks.

“People on social media say all kinds of things, like she’s making food for charity out of ill-gotten money,” the woman said in response to the criticism. “But I say, let Allah decide.”

Regardless of the doubts she faces, her steadfast faith and fortitude enable her to carry on her charitable activities.

Resham has been cooking and giving food to the underprivileged for the past 20 years on her own.

In order to underscore the duration of her dedication, she said, “This has been going on continuously for the past six years, all 12 months.”

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That’s the cruellest remark, someone said. Do not let such hurtful remarks get to Resham’s feelings.

You are an amazing person, and Allah will bless you for all of your good deeds.

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Another said, “No matter what one does, people will always criticise.” Other than that, they are unemployed. Resham, you’re doing amazing. Allah is indeed more knowledgeable.

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Moody’s says the IMF programme will increase Pakistan’s foreign financing.

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According to a recent Moody’s analysis on Pakistan’s economy, social unrest and tensions could result from Pakistan’s ongoing inflation. The country’s economic reforms may be hampered by increased taxes and potential changes to the energy tariff, it continued.

Moody’s, on the other hand, agrees that the coalition government headed by Shehbaz Sharif of the PML-N is in danger of failing to secure an election mandate, which may potentially undermine the successful and long-lasting execution of economic reforms.

The government’s capacity to proceed with economic changes may be hampered by societal unrest and poor governance, according to Moody’s.

In order to appease the IMF by fulfilling a prerequisite for authorising a rescue package, the government raised the basic tariff on electricity, which coincided with the most recent increase in fuel prices announced on Monday. This report was released by Moody’s.

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