Wednesday , 18 October 2017


SC Judgement on Panamagate

The Supreme Court of Pakistan shook the country to its core with a landmark judgement on the Panamagate Case. By deeming Nawaz Sharif unworthy of holding the office of the Prime Minister, on account of the Article 62/63 requiring the head of the state to be ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’. Article 62/63 were invoked on the basis of the non-disclosure of …

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Failed opposition and the new NAB chief

Yesterday Khursheed Shah announced the name of the Chairman NAB while Law Ministry issued the notification of appointment. There were social media chatters that the Chairman NAB was decided by consultation between Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif through Malik Riaz. There was also a report by Pakistan Today that PML N returned the favor to PPP who agreed on …

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Pushing Pakistan off the edge

The overall situation of Pakistan is turning very serious and the country is heading towards a national disaster. Unfortunately the politicians are playing dangerous games with myopic and selfish objectives. Let’s look at the political side. Monday October 2, the national assembly will pass the electoral reform amendment bill, which will allow a convicted person to head a political party. …

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The BRICS Summit and Chinese Stakes in Regional Stability

At last year’s BRICS Summit, China actively blocked Indian attempts at getting the international community to label Pakistan as a hub of terrorism. China’s diplomatic support at that time prevented sanctions that could have been severely damaging to Pakistan’s economic and political interests. When last year China rushed to Pakistan’s aid, India accused China of having “double standards”. But China …

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Pakistan’s political evolution

When Panama Papers came to the fore they provided a good starting point to initiate discussion on structural reforms that could prevent abuse of office and prevalent corruption in our system. The list contained names of only a few politicians but was largely dominated by oligarchs. Our position since the beginning until now has been that all those listed in …

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The BRICS Declaration and Pak-China Relations

Modi-XI Handshake BRICS

Following the end of the 73 day India-China standoff at Doklam, the BRICS summit was held in Xiamen, China from September 3-5. Previously, the ongoing Doklam dispute had complicated the possibility of China hosting its annual summit successfully with India in the mix. However, coincidentally days before the BRICS summit was scheduled the Indian PM confirmed he will be visiting …

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Time to accept your mistakes and make amends

Eid Mubarak to you and your family. Eid Ul Azha is about remembering the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and its message for the people. Yesterday sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto came to the limelight after the verdict of an anti terrorist court. Benazir despite being aware of the risks to her life did not hesitate to reach out to the …

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The Grand Bargain

These days it is hard to believe anything because of too much rumor mongering on social media. So I developed certain benchmarks which if met would mean that the grand bargain is progressing. One such benchmark was met yesterday when Asif Ali Zardari got a clean chit from NAB in his last corruption case. Legally and officially he is now …

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The NA-120 contest

The Upcoming NA-120 elections scheduled for September 17 are dubbed as the most important by elections. The results of this highly contested national assembly seat, which was left vacant by the former PM is said to determine the PML-N Standing in Punjab post-verdict. In a recent article Nadeem Paracha describes the NA-120, Lahore III constituency as ‘urban’ with most of its inhabitants …

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Strengthening civilian dictatorships

No excuses, only corrections

Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani, at that time a MNA, lead the parliamentary committee that drafted the 18th amendment to the Constitution which was considered a grand bargain at the time. This amendment has failed to live up to the expectations in last 7 years since it was adopted. Raza Rabbani cried in the parliament voting for military courts which was …

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