Opinion

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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Traders of democracy

PTI members will support the candidature of Raza Rabbani as Chairman Senate if two conditions are met. First that he should be a consensus candidate and second that deputy Chairman Senate should be given to Balochistan. If Raza Rabbani is not acceptable as consensus candidate then we will stick to our original demand that Chairman Senate should be from Balochistan …

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Of Sheep and Wolves

Pakistan is a strong and resilient nation of sheep being herded by a pack of wolves. No matter what happens, it is extremely difficult to goad this nation to protest. The recent inflationary pressures are no exception as the people have quietly accepted their fate and are willingly doling out more to buy the same or lesser amount of goods …

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Police Reforms

According to Transparency International, the public of Pakistan consider the Police to be the most corrupt government institution in the country, and have done so for the past few decades. This will come as no surprise to anybody who has had the misfortune of interacting with the police in the past, and is an unfortunate part of Pakistani life that …

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