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Bullets for justice as Nawaz gets disqualified for life

Shots fired at judge’s house after former Pakistan PM gets life ban from politics. Pakistan’s decision to permanently ban former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from politics has been greeted with gunfire and the headlines ‘Game Over’ and ‘Disqualified for Life.’ The Supreme Court’s clarification that the earlier-imposed ban was one for life was considered ‘historic’ by prominent Pakistani observers. Following …

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Nawaz vs Judiciary

Sub judice!? Without meaning to interfere in the workings of the SC, one would like to recall here that the UK had abolished “scandalising the judiciary” as a form of contempt of court in 2013. The offence was described as archaic, unnecessary and infringement of freedom of expression Considering the way Nawaz Sharif is fighting his case in what he …

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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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