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An imperfect process

Democracy represents the will of the majority. Our major problems stem from experimenting with various models of ‘imperfect’ democracies. A social state in a true...

Local Imperatives

The Supreme Court of Pakistan instructed the provincial authorities in April 2012 to hold local government elections “without delay”. The reason was simple. The...

The Real And The Imaginary

We live in the same country and come, more or less, from the same stock. We have been shaped by similar historical experiences; we have developed or sharpened the same...

Night Watchmen

As the caretaker governments, federal and provincial, approach completion of their terms by end-May 2013, it becomes relevant to reflect on options for possible...

Selling Failure

The PPP’s victory in the recent elections was never on the cards. Yet, few had foreseen that it would be thrashed that badly and demoted from a nationwide to a...

The Significance Of May 11

May 11 is not far away at all now. In fact, it lies just around the corner and, naturally enough, campaigning is on in earnest – with tickets allotted and the contests...

Short-Circuit Solutions

Within the buffoonery of the electoral scrutiny process is implicit the enthusiasm of controlled-democracy proponents to cleanse political stables through abuse of the...

Piety Politics

Strange are the ways of our nation, which continues to drive its reason of existence from ambiguities and myths. Pakistan cherishes an ideology – popularly known as...

It’s Our Country

The last few months have given us the feeling that it is indeed our own country we are living in. Had this not been so, we would not have appreciated the activities of...

Our National Shame

For the last five years a strange drama is being played out by the Election Commission of Pakistan to support the biggest crooks in the land. This relates to supporting...

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