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Politics of opportunism helping PML N

Pakistani voters and nation are tired of politics of agitation and dharna. But it seems undemocratic parties PTI-L (lotas), PAT and PPP as well as some in the third umpire believe it is still a useful tool. Imagine PTI-L, PAT, PPP, TLYR, JI, Military and Judiciary all have ganged up to beat one party down. But despite all this, they …

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Final Demise of Moral Politics in Pakistan

Yesterday was yet another sad day in the political history of Pakistan. Muslim League(N) MNAs voted to retain a convict of serious moral turpitude in office as their party president. Which literally means their ring master outside the parliament, a man with immense authority even over the Prime Minister but with practically no responsibility for the consequences of his remote …

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Public Schooling: Rigid Inequality Traps and Restricted Upward Socio-Economic Mobility

In 2015, Oxfam GB along with the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) undertook a study to understand the multiple inequalities within the society and suggest possible ways to mitigate these. Their core finding was that despite moderate to high levels of economic growth in Pakistan, there exists a high degree of socio-economic inequality in the country. Ever since Economists …

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Stalemate on delimitation & next general elections

No excuses, only corrections

Parliament, politicians and democratic government have lost relevance because of its failure to act timely and authoritatively in the national interest rather than remain mired in protecting parochial and narrow interests of civilian dictators. In last four years Supreme Court has emerged as a protector of democracy and had to take executive authority in its own hands to ensure delivery …

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Using military experience to improve democracy

There is yet again talks of military involvement in politics. Imran Khan says no NRO will be acceptable referring to NRO signed by former military dictator Musharraf with PPP and PML N that paved the way for return of Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says that his government was derailed through a conspiracy using an …

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Pakistan’s Economic Performance: Failing or Politicized?

Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N regime have been under a lot of criticism over the last few years, which escalated especially after the leader himself was disqualified in July, 2017. The critique on the government ranges from corruption to declaration of an ‘emergency situation’ over the debt piling up on the nation. Imran Khan, the chief of PTI, has taken …

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What model of governance does Pakistan need?

Every now and then there are opinion pieces published that Pakistan is moving towards a Bangladesh model. But about six months ago I informed some of my journalist friends that Turkish Model is already implemented in Pakistan. Why did I say that and what are these models? Bangladesh model is what we call technocratic government. In this model, an unelected …

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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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