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Any election delays in Pakistan now will be outright dangerous

  • The five-year term of the national and two provincial assemblies in Pakistan is coming to an end in the second week of August after which the election is required to be held within 60 days to elect new assemblies, according to the country’s constitution. The constitution however, also authori...
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Here comes another expensive long march to Islamabad

  • ‘Long March’ has by now become an established tradition of Pakistani politics. Various political parties give different brand names to such marches such as ‘Azadi March’ of JUI-F in 2019 or ‘Menhgai March’ of PDM earlier this year, but ‘Long March’ remains the generic title of all onslaughts on...
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Pakistan splitting governance on party lines

  • In a democracy anywhere in the world, dates set aside for debate and approval of the annual Budget are considered sacrosanct and both ruling and opposition parties look forward to expressing their views on the government’s most important policy document.  Something unprecedented howev...
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The morning after: What if no-confidence motion against Pakistani PM goes through?

  • What will happen if the no-confidence resolution against the Prime Minister is successful in the National Assembly? This question has become important after the no-confidence motion has been formally placed on the agenda of the National Assembly sitting of Monday, March 28. There is an almost...
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Confrontations between Pakistan government and election commission may lead to systemic change

  • The ongoing confrontation between the government and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is unprecedented. Opposition political parties criticized ECP in the past but this is probably the first time in the history of Pakistan that a sitting government has not only harshly criticized ECP, ...
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Pakistan’s parliament in three years of PTI rule

  • Both the fifteenth National Assembly of Pakistan and the PTI-led federal government completed their three years just five days apart; the assembly on August 12 and the government on August 17, 2021. There have been numerous media commentaries, a 255-page detailed report published by the Minist...
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Politics of overseas Pakistanis' vote

  • Since 1993, the question of enabling overseas Pakistanis to vote in Pakistani elections from their respective countries of residence has been hanging fire. At least eight litigations are on record to seek this facility for overseas citizens. The efforts, both political and technological, have, ...
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PDM U-turns and possible opportunities 

  • The 10-party opposition alliance known as the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was considering, not so long ago, that it would resign from the National Assembly and four provincial Assemblies under the mistaken belief that this would render the Senate electoral college incomplete and in turn,...
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Pakistan’s obsession with elusive accountability

  • Accountability has been political Pakistan’s obsession from day one – literally. Soon after coming into existence, Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly passed the Public and Representative Offices (Disqualification) Act, 1949 (PRODA) with retrospective effect from 15th August 1947 – day one f...
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Bitter political play in Pakistan has dampened COVID-19 containment

  • During the last nine months, the details and extent of playing politics right in the middle of the pandemic are different in different societies, but political considerations have continued to dominate almost all multi-party democracies including Pakistan. The mode of playing politics, howeve...
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