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An Unpopular Man

Benazir Bhutto made the mistake of returning home and lost her life. Pervez Musharaf made the same mistake and lost his liberty and Asif Zardari by staying on in Pakistan, rather than leaving, risks losing his life and liberty. One would…

Treason Trial

Given the multiple crises that the government is challenged with, on both domestic and external fronts and the desperate need to address them, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s decision to prosecute Musharraf for treason may reinforce the perception of a…

The PPP’s Volte-Face

It’s a familiar negotiation trick: Party A stubbornly refuses to yield an inch in response to a persistent demand of Party B, because doing so is seemingly not possible for Party A, thus bringing the negotiations to a stalemate. But then…

The Fire Escape Chute

How can the court show one prime minister the door and let another off the hook? On the other hand, it also can’t afford to be seen as a pacman eating up PM after PM Of late, keeping an eye on politics in Pakistan, you increasingly end up…

Doomed…Random Thoughts

The rulers are again engaged in their usual plots and intrigues and have published the names of past senior bureaucrats and judges to whom two expensive plots of land were given in more or less the same way as the kings of old used to dole…

This Legislative Atrocity

With an uninterrupted tradition of political aridity and praetorian culture in our country, there is certainly something fundamentally wrong not only with our patterns and standards of governance but also with our national character. The…

Courting Contempt

All vital organs of state that stand in the way of this government’s insatiable loot and pillage or pose a threat to its unconscionable and pernicious grasp on power are in grave peril. The wake of destruction this lot have left behind in…

Round And Round The Very Ssame Bush

Never before has the election of a new prime minister been greeted with so much skepticism and, in a country where often only humour keeps people sane, so many derisive jokes. They began to float in over phones and through emails even…

The Detailed Verdict

The Supreme Court’s detailed judgment, following the short order, falls short of categorically declaring the prime minister disqualified for contempt of court. Conviction is one thing and disqualification is another. Hence, ethics apart,…

Rule Of law

In a society devoid of any respect for the principles of equality, human dignity and equal rights for all, where articles of the constitution are flouted and where there is inherent discrimination on the basis of class, caste, faith and…