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Election Commission

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 democracy is one in which everyone has equal rights without hereditary or…

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 provinces had long been delaying the legislative process and the holding of…

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 talents in order to survive; we are all suspicious of politicians and…

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 improvements to the appointment, functions and responsibilities of such…

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 regional party. So what went wrong? President Zardari smells a rat in his…

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 taking shape. Everywhere, people in the country, when interviewed by the…

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 legal process. That public officials should be subject to a higher level…

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 the ideology of Pakistan. Confusion on this term has provided space for…

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 the Election Commission and its uncompromising actions, the unbiased…

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 hundreds of those parliamentarians that forged their degrees in order…