(By SALMAN MASOOD) For years, Saudi Arabia has had a hallowed status here, considered above question or criticism. Yet the hajj stampedenear Mecca last month has taken some of the luster off the exalted image of the kingdom.
Scores of Pakistani pilgrims were killed in the . . . → Read More: Post Hajj stampede Saudi popularity down in Pakistan
Ahead of Eid Al Adha in Pakistan on Friday, the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif once again flew overseas, this time to the United Kingdom on a journey that will eventually take him to the annual session of the UN General assembly in New York.
Indeed, this was not the first time that a top . . . → Read More: While the nation struggles, the PM frolics
(By Sushil Aaron) What makes for good television is not always sound policy. Tackling a state with recidivist elements demands a complex response that goes beyond mere posturing. All that the current approach does is generate toxic effects in Indian society.
Islamabad learnt a bitter lesson in diplomacy during the dust-up over national security adviser . . . → Read More: Modi incapable of developing a workable relationship with Pakistan
By Babar Sattar
There is a long tradition of philosophers (Rousseau, Kant, Hobbes, Locke) alluding to the ‘veil of ignorance’. Rawls used the concept most succinctly in his essay ‘A theory of justice’: “No one (ought to) know his place in society, his class position or social status; nor does he (ought to) know . . . → Read More: Too obvious too corrupt
(BY ARIF NIZAMI) “Democracy is the best revenge” — famous words of shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the builder of the PPP post judicial murder of her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The founder of the PPP was ousted by his wily army chief General Zia-ul-Haq exactly 38 years ago on 5 July 1977.
Apart from suffering Zia’s . . . → Read More: People deserve democracy not the politicians
By Syed Talat Hussain
Pakistan’s political progress can be likened to a rocking chair: moves much but doesn’t go anywhere. Most explanations of this state of perpetual stagnation centre on leadership. The popular, and to a great extent correct, belief is that leaders, both military and civilians, have brought the country to this . . . → Read More: Exposed but shameless politicians
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lately labelled the media as the fourth pillar of the state, echoing the views of the Irish statesman, author and political theorist Edmund Burke, who in 1787 coined the term in a parliamentary debate on the opening up of press reporting in the House of Commons. Mr. Nawaz Sharif . . . → Read More: The Fourth Pillar
By Azmaish Ka Waqt
Much is being read into the recent so called ‘macho’ speech of the Co Chairman of the PPP. Some analysts are calling it some kind of a gauntlet thrown at the ‘establishment’ which they think and hope will be picked up so that fireworks can start. The . . . → Read More: Cornered and desperate – End of a party
After the adoption of a National Action Plan and a constitutional amendment to tackle terrorism through military courts, the clerics in Pakistan are worried. Records show many terrorists with a madrasa background, some used also by a state that has lost several essential attributes of normality.
The Nawaz Sharif government says madrasas are sacrosanct and . . . → Read More: Government’s failure to control religious seminaries
By Yasir Masood Khan
Democracy is the complex web of connections between individual politicians, political parties, the electorate, civil society, media and state institutions that is formed through the electoral process.
The roots of Indian democracy have been strengthened due to the establishment and consolidation of the Indian Election Commission through parliament and . . . → Read More: Democracy – No one-size-fits-all