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Pakistan’s democratic forces against democracy

Pakistan's democratic forces against democracy

The past week saw Pakistan’s top ruling party renew its support for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in a way that clearly made a mockery of democratic values anywhere on the face of this earth. In the process, the ruling regime in Islamabad led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has effectively become “a lost government” with little to show in …

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Nawaz gets rejected by political opposition

Opposition rejects Sharif’s re-election as PML-N head Expressing confidence over former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the treasury benches welcomed his re-election as PML-N president while the opposition demanded that political parties observe October 3 as a black day. Submitting their resolutions in the Punjab Assembly, both treasury and opposition benches gave their reactions over Nawaz Sharif’s reelection as party president. …

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Time to accept your mistakes and make amends

Eid Mubarak to you and your family. Eid Ul Azha is about remembering the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and its message for the people. Yesterday sacrifice of Benazir Bhutto came to the limelight after the verdict of an anti terrorist court. Benazir despite being aware of the risks to her life did not hesitate to reach out to the …

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The NA-120 contest

The Upcoming NA-120 elections scheduled for September 17 are dubbed as the most important by elections. The results of this highly contested national assembly seat, which was left vacant by the former PM is said to determine the PML-N Standing in Punjab post-verdict. In a recent article Nadeem Paracha describes the NA-120, Lahore III constituency as ‘urban’ with most of its inhabitants …

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After the JIT Report

The Panama Leaks case, highly controversial but equally publicized, is expected to finally reach its zenith. Months of media attention, unnerving political uncertainty, wavering public opinion, and calls for institutional accountability have come to a conclusion; whether the case will darken the country’s democratic bearing or will it trigger a resounding change of scenery- has the entire political, economic, and …

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PTI dissidents and the return of the old

Upon deciding to hold intra-party elections at a meeting of the party’s central committee chaired by Imran Khan himself, PTI’s internal mechanisms have transformed drastically from the last intra-party elections held on March 23, 2013. PTI’s intra-party elections asked 2.7 million registered voters to make a choice between Imran Khan or Naik Muhammad Khan. The Insaf Panel is led by …

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Another PPP member slides to PTI

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would be losing another old guard this Friday when party’s former president Punjab Imtiaz Safdar Warraich will formally quit the party, The Nation has learnt reliably. The former state minister from Gujranwala has decided to quit the PPP and is likely to join the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Well-placed sources told The Nation that Warraich was all …

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Hussain Nawaz’s reservations trashed by SC

A three-member special bench of the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the reservations raised by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son, Hussain Nawaz, regarding two members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the Panama Papers case as per the apex court’s instructions. In an application filed to the SC, Hussain had raised objections against Bilal Rasool of the …

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PTI Chief sees Panamagate verdict as game changer

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is against entering into any alliance forged for war and the immoral foreign policy pursued by Pakistan since 1980s has unleashed the spectre of terrorism upon the country, besides creating divisions along sectarian lines, PTI chief Imran Khan said on Friday. “Pakistan must never become involved in wars of other countries. As a society, we must decide …

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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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