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PTI’s Five Years Focus (Party Manifesto)

As we enter the election cycle major political parties have announced their manifestos. They have some good ideas that can take the nation forward. The question is whether the political parties have the capability to deliver on their manifesto? Past performance suggests that parties over commit and lack an ability to deliver. Inside PTI we have many capable people and …

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The Comedy of Errors

It is that time again, when we are being called upon to decide on the destiny of Pakistan for the next five years. The political, economic and social turmoil over the past five years has led to disillusionment and disappointment on many counts, as over-zealous promises failed to materialize. Today, we stand at a juncture where the economy is threatened, …

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De-weeding the political garden before the election party

Before commenting on the ongoing nomination papers scrutiny process I would like to make a comment on how it is done in other countries. I have lived in the USA (I am not an American citizen) and volunteered in election campaigns of Pakistani-American candidates to learn about their process. In America, scrutiny at multiple levels is done over the candidate. …

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Spanish Authorities Confirm Trump Jr. Meeting with Putin Ally

In May, 2017 it was announced that Robert Mueller would be leading a Special Investigation in order to determine whether the Russian government had influenced the 2016 US elections in any way or form, and to verify whether the Trump campaign had actively been involved in this endeavor. Additionally, due to the various constraints and obstacles put up by the …

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Is disqualification for life by SC actually for life?

As a student of politics, I am watching developments on two politically significant court cases. One against former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the other against former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. There are similarities and differences in both cases. One of the similarity is that the charges appear questionable and politically motivated to many people. Another similarity …

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Has PTI introduced democracy into Pakistan’s politics?

In most democracies, political parties are not a monolith but rather have multiple views and voices on policy and politics. Offering alternate narratives are not considered disloyalty to the party or damage to party prospects. In Pakistan, most media present political parties as a monolith controlled by a civilian dictator and disagreement with the top man is presented as a …

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General Elections, Delimitation and Future of Democracy

There is a debate going on about the approach to delimitations. The debate is significant because there is speculation that petitions about the legitimacy of delimitations will be used to extend the tenure of an interim government. Taking informal view of census and statistics, we can try to present arguments in general terms. First, we have to separate the issue …

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Senate Elections A Wake-up Call For Political Parties

First the positives. It is a good thing that Baluchistan got its first Chairman Senate. It has a symbolic value for the strengthening of the federation and to counter the narrative by some international sponsors that Baluchistan wants separation. The successful conclusion of Senate elections is a step forward towards general elections. Completion of tenure by the second elected civilian …

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