Change is possible but not easy

(By Dr Atta-ur-Rahman) Winds of change are now blowing across the landscape of Pakistan. The corrupt are being caught by the forces led by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) and many are trying to escape to safer foreign shores where they have amassed mountains of dollars and pounds.

Karachi is beginning to . . . → Read More: Change is possible but not easy

The Political Muddle

The flexibility in the operations of democracy has engulfed a strain in Pakistan. It hasn’t been long since democratic forces barged in with the right to represent and serve people. However, the political institutions have unfolded resoluteness in doling out the services they guarantee constitutionally. The Zardaris and Altaf Hussain have come out . . . → Read More: The Political Muddle

The Fourth Pillar

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

Cornered and desperate – End of a party

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

The parallels between Morsi and Bhutto

Egypt and Pakistan may not have much in common when it comes to culture, cuisine, and heritage, but when you look at their political landscape, a lot of commonalities spring up.

My political alignment is exactly the opposite of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, but I admire him as a great public orator and a tactical politician. . . . → Read More: The parallels between Morsi and Bhutto

Zardari defying political logic

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

Today [20th May 2015] Hamid Mir of Capital Talk interviewed former President Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. Here is link to the program:

In the interview President Zardari stated that during his tenure there were no political prisoners. I don’t know what he means by . . . → Read More: Zardari defying political logic

No respect for honesty

Following the unceremonious dismissal of Mohammad Ali Nekokara, the police officer who refused to use force against demonstrators on Constitution Avenue during anti-government protests, several other officials have also come forward in defence of the former Islamabad senior superintendent of police (SSP).

The episode has also given one such officer the courage to come forward . . . → Read More: No respect for honesty

What Pakistan must not do in Yemen

(BY YASMEEN AFTAB ALI) Let me recount some facts and opinions here. The concluding analysis will become self-evident. If Pakistan still acts the foolish clown, it will deserve to fall flat on its face and smash its nose.

Usually, Saudi Arabia has dealt with ‘unsuitable governances’ through a remote control. Yemen is an exception. Houthis, . . . → Read More: What Pakistan must not do in Yemen

Democracy – No one-size-fits-all

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

Negotiating Bhuttoism from the past to the future

During the trial of his life, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto accused his accusers, “This attack on the 2nd of May was done by (Kasuri’s) opponents. I had nothing to do with it. I was not even mentioned in the FIR. I saved him from it … the public prosecutor has said several times that it was . . . → Read More: Negotiating Bhuttoism from the past to the future