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DEMOCRACY WITHIN POLITICAL PARTIES

While Democratic theory places great importance upon the conduct, participation, and regularity in elections, but what is often overlooked is that the electoral game takes place in two arenas, not only between political parties but also within them. The four most important aspects of democracy that seek to strengthen as well as uphold it are not only essential for any …

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44 MQM members sent to jail by ATC

An anti-terrorism court Wednesday (today) sent 44 Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers, including three party leaders, on judicial remand over alleged involvement in an attack on media houses in Karachi on August 22 and charges of treason and terrorism. Read more: MQM’s jailed Waseem Akhtar takes oath as Karachi mayor MQM leaders Shahid Pasha, Qamar Mansoor and MNA Kanwar Naveed, as …

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Survival or revival?

Who is Asif Ali Zardari, the politician with a sharp acumen known for his composure and negotiating skills or the man who exploded like a volcano on Tuesday evening? His infamous grin remained missing replaced by a rather stern look and clinched fists while he signaled a warming to the security agencies. According to popular view, tensions have been brewing …

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A SAD SPECTACLE

Much is being read into the recent so called ‘macho’ speech of the Co Chairman of the PPP. Some analysts are calling it some kind of a gauntlet thrown at the ‘establishment’ which they think and hope will be picked up so that fireworks can start. The media loves fireworks because it rakes in the moolah and these days that …

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Political optimism?

There is a tinge of optimism in the political environment of Pakistan since the past few days. The unanimous decision of Parliament to play a diplomatic role in resolving Yemen conflict and the formation of a judicial commission have been well received, finally diffusing political tensions to a certain degree. Many believe that parliament was used as a cover by …

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Challenging status quo in Karachi

In an unprecedented confessional interview aired hours before his execution, MQM worker Saulat Mirza made some shocking revelations, alleging that he killed KESC director on the instructions of Altaf Hussain. This interview is being celebrated as a major development against the party which is believed to have been involved in several cases of target killings and other crimes in Karachi. …

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Altaf Hussain’s arrest and MQM’s future

Altaf Hussain Arrested

MQM’s self exiled (and who later acquired British citizenship) Chief, Altaf Hussain was arrested on the morning of 3rd June 2014. This arrest may not have been much of a surprise for either the MQM leader or the senior party workers. In fact,  the entire top leadership must have been aware of this imminent arrest and therefore they were desperately trying to …

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Revamping Pakistan’s only Metropolis

Karachi Violence

“Karachi is the heart of Pakistan. If it stops beating, the whole country would be destroyed.” says Atlaf Hussein, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. The MQM’s stronghold in Pakistan’s metropolis can neither be questioned, nor challenged. As the conflicting forces in the city collide, security threat, deteriorating quality of life, conflict along sectarian and ethnic lines thrive. As the heart …

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