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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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Senate thrashes govt for “living on loans”

The government came under fire in the Senate on Thursday for piling up external and domestic loans to alarming proportions, with a warning that the trend could lead to a situation where servicing the loans becomes impossible. Speaking on a call attention notice, PTI Senator Syed Shibli Faraz blasted the government for an “insatiable appetite” for loans and violation of …

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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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PTI’s Women Representation Bill rejected by senate

The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice on Tuesday rejected a private members’ bill seeking to enhance women’s representation in the district and civil courts. The members of the committee headed by Javed Abbasi of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) were of the view that there was no need of the legislation at the moment since “adequate representation” …

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Pakistan’s political options vs outcomes

Pakistan's political options vs outcomes

AS promised, normal service today. There is one of two ways the weeks ahead could unfold. First, the less obvious, more likely path. This dharna business goes nowhere. A new chief is appointed. The kerfuffle of the last couple of weeks is quickly forgotten. And Nawaz emerges the strongest PM since possibly ZAB and certainly since the heavy-mandate ’90s version …

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Beware of the Raiwind March – PTI warned

With the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) bracing for its Raiwind march, banners threatening the party have sprouted across Lahore. According to reports, the banners have come up across Garhi Shahu, Allama Iqbal Road and areas in the vicinity of the localities. It has been alleged that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is behind the development. The banners call on the PTI to …

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PTI Piqued

Unadulterated devotion is what PTI thrives on; history seldom takes such a kind view. Although mass mobilization of street power and anti-government rhetoric has become the hallmark of PTI politics, their effectiveness remains debatable. While PTI is the third largest party in Pakistan, and the second largest opposition in the current government’s tenure- it is still considered a political maverick- …

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Imran Khan accuses NA Speaker for being biased

PTI chief Imran Khan lashed out at National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq for his alleged partisan conduct in quashing references against the prime minister in the Panamagate scandal but approving those against the Mianwali native. Sadiq rejected four references seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for concealing assets.  Leaked documents from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama in …

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PML-N’s political performance and future outlook

Pundits forecast that the next three months are critical for the survival of the Nawaz Sharif government. Their claim is based on the fact that there is a wellspring of public opinion against the corruption of politicians as revealed by Panana leaks, which the opposition parties, led by the irrepressible Imran Khan, are going to exploit after Eid. The plan …

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Karachi By-polls: MQM rules as all other parties fail to show presence

Amid extraordinary security measures by the Sindh Rangers and police, polling stations in PS-117 and PS-106, the two constituencies where by-elections were held on Thursday, offered a deserted view till around mid-day, when mainly the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) supporters started coming in to cast their votes. In the absence of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), which once again decided to stay …

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