This is a project about ideas of justice, and how, in nations as socially and culturally diverse as Pakistan, these ideas are necessarily plural. It is an individual’s exploration of the state of the law, its disconnect from the people of the country, the factors that alienate the legal system from the citizenry, the battles being waged by communities to extract their rights, the experiments in alternative justice being tried, and the many ways that the citizens understand and define justice. Covering a vast expanse of the nation’s social and economic geography, the work turns the public’s gaze to the lived realities of some of Pakistan’s most marginalised and weak communities – the very ones most in need of the protections of a just and fair state judicial and legal system. It places at its centre the voices of those who are furthest from the concerns of the formal legal system, but involved in some of the most determined struggles to gain its attentions. It asks that we begin by looking at, and acknowledging, specific injustices that the citizen’s of the country face, and make their redress the central aim of any and all judicial and legal reform efforts.

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