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Friday the 13th… what happened

First step towards a massive clean-up? Glued to television sets, the frequent change of airports, airplanes and postal codes had the entire country cheering for a fate-known. My generation wasn’t young enough to witness or remember what had happened in the 1990’s — but stories surfacing each time a prominent political leader is convicted have become a part of politicisation …

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Don’t present justice as selective accountability

This is not selective accountability, this is justice Despite claims by political opponents that the growing impetus for accountability of civilian politicians is yet another conspiracy to weaken the democratic dispensation in Pakistan, nearly all such known cases have already passed through the requisite judicial processes. Combating corruption in Pakistan is not an easy task. The issue has haunted our …

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Hamayun Akhtar surrenders in favor of Imran Khan

Hamayun Akhtar surrenders in favor of Imran Khan

After joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), former federal minister Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Humayun Akhtar Khan has decided to withdraw his nomination papers for Lahore’s NA-131 constituency from where PTI Chairman Imran Khan will contest elections on July 25. On Monday, Humayun, through his counsel, submitted an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) stating that he does not …

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Test of PML-N or “PML-S”

Rooted in the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), or Islamic Democratic Alliance (IDA) of the late ’80s, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) came into being as the military establishment’s wager on an antithesis for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).  Having traded election blows with the PPP in the decade following the 1988 elections, it was in 1997 that the PML-N established …

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As elections near… the blood flows freely

As elections near... the blood flows freely

IF there were any doubts that Pakistan still remains vulnerable to terrorism, the past week has put an end to them. Three separate attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and around 150 people killed — including ANP leader Haroon Bilour and Balochistan Awami Party candidate Siraj Raisani — and over 250 injured. Claims of responsibility for the carnage have come …

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Politicians from other parties joining PTI, Khan’s win almost certain

Political ‘turncoats’ boost Imran Khan’s prospects in Pakistan poll MIANWALI QURESHIAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, a Pakistani landowner and politician, recently switched to his third party in a decade. That is unlikely to prevent him retaining his seat in parliament this month, thanks to loyalty to a family name that has held sway over politics in this part …

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