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In Pakistan, attacking the superior judiciary has a long history

  • It’s not new and it’s been happening for a very long time. When the political elite of Pakistan, whether in government or opposition see a case going against their own interests, they begin attacking Supreme Court judges left, right and center. In their power struggles, which they often engage ...
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The great and ugly game in Pakistan’s heartland 

  • A historic Supreme Court decision in Pakistan earlier this month saying that the votes of dissident members cannot be counted leaves the future of the ‘elected’ Punjab chief minister Hamza Shehbaz Sharif hanging in the balance. He secured a majority in a controversial election with 25 defectors...
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What PM Khan’s upcoming activism stands for

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan has scheduled initially four public gatherings, three in the Punjab and one in Sindh, saying more are to be held in other parts of the country. Is it a reaction to the announcement of the opposition parties to unseat the Prime Minister by a vote of no-confidence or doe...
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Revive student unions in Pakistan

  • Even though student unions officially don’t exist in Pakistani colleges and universities, hundreds of student councils and organizations dominate campus politics. Students’ unions in higher educational institutions were a prominent element of campus culture in the first 37 years of Pakistan’s h...
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The rise and political future of the TLP

  • The sudden rise of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) in the wake of the execution of a murder convict in the spring of 2016 surprised the then ruling PML-N government and many observers of religious politics in the country. In the 1970 election, the first credible general elections of Paki...
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Politics of cricket — a grave setback to Pakistan

  • It is very rare in the long history of the game of cricket that a team pulled out of a match abruptly when the toss was up, leaving the hosts astounded and red-faced. Minutes later, we would know that the New Zealand cricket team visiting Pakistan and playing its first match in Rawalpindi had r...
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The evolution of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations

  • Independence Day celebrations in Pakistan didn’t look the way they do now, during the first quarter of the century. There is a real shift from the tradition where the elite would make speeches on the genesis of Pakistan and the two-nation theory and glorified the struggle for independence. Now ...
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What makes Imran Khan more confident now?

  • Imran Khan’s detractors, both in the media and numerous opposition parties, have aggressively attacked his person, political ideas, and more undesirably, his political standing and electoral legitimacy ever since he assumed the office of Prime Minister. His personal life, marriages, political e...
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A sociological view of violence in Pakistan

  • It is a big question to ponder for the government, opposition parties and the state institution, how a fringe religious party— Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), now officially outlawed— disrupted inter-city travel and urban traffic flows by attacking everyone who dared to challenge its control o...
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Do the religious parties have any political future in Pakistan?

  • If we go by measures of street agitation, issuance of regular threats of violence, demagoguery, and numbers of marches and rallies, there is no match for the power of Pakistan’s religious political parties. But the problem is they don’t have enough popular support to get a critical mass elected...
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