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A Society Making Less And Less Sense

If we had to come to this why did we go through the trouble of Partition? I have wanted to ask this question for years but never could bring up the courage to frame it thus. After all, how can one question the basis of one’s existence? But…

The Real Conspiracy

Even with our unsurpassed penchant to conjure up conspiracy theories to cover up our own failings and misdeeds, the prime minister’s opening remarks at the cabinet meeting on January 30, accusing “anti-democratic forces and anti-state…

ECP Can Make History

There is now widespread consensus within Pakistan that critical to a well-functioning democracy, and to Pakistan’s stability and progress, is that elected officials must be held to the highest possible ethical and integrity standards. While…

Winds Of Change (Part III)

The traumatic recent developments involving the long march to Islamabad of over a hundred thousand persons expressing their deep frustrations at the present political system reflect the agony of the people of Pakistan. Pakistan is sinking…

A Dubious Deal

The agreement signed last Thursday by the ruling coalition and Tahirul Qadri after four days of a massive anti-government protest in Islamabad has been greeted with relief, but it provides little reason for jubilation. While it defused the…

Polls And The Security Challenge

The PPP-led government, despite all its failures in tackling the issues of massive corruption, bad governance and the worsening law and order situation, should certainly be credited for some of its achievements on the national political…

Nationals Of Convenience

Last month saw a flurry of feverish activity to get the approval of the Senate to the Constitution (22nd Amendment) Bill. This bill, which in its original version sought to lift the bar on the election of holders of dual nationality to…

What Is An Error-Free Voters’ List?

Pakistan is rapidly heading for another electoral disaster. It continues to retain its archaic and unnecessary electoral list-making process that can do no better than what it did last time. While it ended up manufacturing 37 million fake…

Lawful Humour

While the Americans have landed a vehicle named Curiosity on the surface of Mars to uncover its mysteries, we have launched a non-vehicular curiosity of our own to decode the mysteries of the Constitution of 1973. It was, perhaps, to…

Pre-Poll Rigging

Are our elections rigged? At least three out of four Pakistanis think so. One of the most authoritative pieces of research that provides a direct answer to the question is Pildat’s “A dispassionate analysis of how elections are stolen &…