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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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Time travel or forgery: The font that may get Pakistan’s PM in to trouble

After creating a font in 2004, its creators probably never thought it’d be used as evidence in a government corruption case. Microsoft, for its part, couldn’t have foreseen it either after making Calibri the default option on products like PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPad in 2007. Unintended use case aside, Calibri currently sits at the center of a corruption investigation …

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PM meets the JIT

With the Panama Papers investigation in full swing, the recently formed controversial JIT is in the midst of conducting its proceedings. The highly publicized case is at the helm of a protracted tug of war for political supremacy between the ruling party and its opposing coalition. Yet, in an unprecedented instance an elected prime minister appeared before the country’s institutions …

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JIT MEETING

It was with the advent of the Panama Papers leak that the political landscape of Pakistan was jostled out of its deep slumber; the subsequent judicial case holds within it the potential to transform the political playing field for years to come. The Panama Papers case has dominated national headlines for months now, with the verdict split 3-2 among the …

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PPP fails to scare PML-N

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s threats of street agitation have apparently failed to ruffle PML-N’s feathers, triggering fears the political scene will get murkier and nastier in coming days. The ruling party appears to be in no mood to engage the PPP to dissuade it from launching a protest movement against the government. “Reconciliation, especially on their [PPP’s] terms, is not an …

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The Ugly Truth

The rise of Imran Khan’s political party has been remarkable with many a Pakistani initially seeing its rhetoric style as the change that Pakistan’s murky political landscape needs. In a nation, whose population consists of young people the party’s ability to turn their political apathy into concerned political conciseness is indeed commendable.  For many, in a country seeped in intolerance, …

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