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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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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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The Grand Bargain

These days it is hard to believe anything because of too much rumor mongering on social media. So I developed certain benchmarks which if met would mean that the grand bargain is progressing. One such benchmark was met yesterday when Asif Ali Zardari got a clean chit from NAB in his last corruption case. Legally and officially he is now …

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Disqualified PM and family fail to appear before NAB

Disqualified PM and family fail to appear before NAB

For the third consecutive time, ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons today failed to appear before the country’s top anti-graft body which is to interrogate them over the money laundering and corruption charges revealed by the Panama Papers. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had issued summons to Sharif and his sons — Hussain and Hasan, daughter Maryam, …

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Pakistan Politics: Accountability is the first step towards stability

Pakistan Politics: Accountability is the first step towards stability

Last year in April 11 million documents were leaked to the public revealing many illicit financial transactions between political and business leaders around the world.  The documents became known as the Panama Papers after the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca the documents were leaked from.  In short, the papers showed how the world’s elites illegally funneled assets into secret accounts.  …

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Now that Nawaz Sharif is out…

Now that Nawaz Sharif is out...

For Nawaz Sharif, the third time was definitely not the charm. On July 28, Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified the Pakistani prime minister, thereby preventing him from serving out his full term, which was scheduled to end next year. Sharif has served as Pakistani premier two other times, and in both cases, he was forced out prematurely. In 1993, he lost …

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Nawaz Sharif’s journey

Nawaz Sharif’s journey

The irony is unmistakable: rewind to March 15, 2009 when Mian Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest orders to lead a rally to restore the then Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. As his convoy moved through Lahore, thousands lined up on the street and more waved at him from their rooftops. CJP Chaudhry was ultimately restored and Nawaz …

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Is Pakistan’s Democracy Back to Square One?

The process of democratic restoration in Pakistan will continue to face roadblocks unless civilian forces join hands. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is in a serious situation after the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) found that the ruling family has been living beyond its means and has failed to provide a legitimate trail of its investments abroad. The JIT is investigating corruption allegations …

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CNN also reports on Pakistan’s “Fontgate” and corruption

CNN also reports on Pakistan's "Fontgate" and corruption

The Microsoft font Calibri could be an unlikely smoking gun in a corruption scandal which has mired Pakistan’s ruling family and captivated the country. The scandal centers around allegations that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family owns properties in London through offshore companies. And while owning property in itself is not illegal, opposition parties have questioned if the money to buy …

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