14 law students to take part in world contest in US.
ISLAMABAD -- Momin Waheed Khan, 22, a student of Quaid-i-Azam Law College Lahore, on Monday participated in a national law moot to become eligible for taking part in the international law moot court competition being held in the United States in April.
'We prepared for three months and studied international law as we were given four topics: nuclear, maritime, arbitration and state sovereignty. We, five students and a coach, arrived here and are contesting our cases in favour and against two imaginary states,' he told Dawn.
'During the preparations, we observed that there were contradictions between national and international laws. For example, our law allows execution of convicts but the international law does not. Moreover, according to the international law, we cannot have nuclear weapons but Pakistani law allows us to possess them.'
He said he also got an opportunity to look into local and domestic laws and was guided to prepare separate cases for contesting in Pakistan and at the international level.
As many as 21 teams from different law colleges take part in qualifying competition in capital
As many as 21 teams from law colleges across the country participated in the moot held at a local hotel.
The event was organised by the US Embassy's Department of Justice.
Retired Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, advocates Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Aasma Hamid were the judges.
Advocate Ali Imran Shah, the coach of the Indus College of Law Hyderabad, told Dawn that during preparations the major focus was on how a lawyer should contest their case and give arguments.
'Unfortunately, students in Pakistan do not take interest in research work. This sort of events creates interest for research work. Moreover, students' concept on the international law is also cleared,' he said.
According to the results, the University College Lahore was declared the winner. Sevim Saadat was the coach of the team, consisting of Ahmed Raza Kazim, Sana-i-Mohammad, Zainul Hassan Siddiqui, Fatima Mehmood and Syed Ali Hanfeyah Bokhari.
The Pakistan College of Law Lahore was declared the first runner-up. The team members were: Qasim Ali, Mohammad Usama Aqil, Amina Malik, Irum Shujah and Mohammad Asad Ali Khan. Their coach was Amna Riaz Ali.
The Quaid-i-Azam Law College Lahore was declared the second runner-up. Waqas Khan Baloch was the coach and the team members were: Momin Waheed Khan, Syed Hussain Nasir, Tehreema Azhar and Arfa Munawar.
These 14 law students will participate in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition to be held in the US. Over 645 law schools from 95 countries will participate in the contest.
Addressing the lawyers, Justice Jillani said: 'You are our future hopes and leaders in law. Your vision, your determination, your toil and sweat would define the future of the country and the world at large.'
He advised the participants to concentrate on their studies so they would play a role in the development of the country.