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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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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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Dialogue? What Dialogue?

  • As the confrontation between the ruling coalition and the combined opposition seems to be intensifying and crossing all limits, saner elements in the political parties and beyond are getting worried about the possible outcome of the war of words being waged on national and social media 24/7. N...
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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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Is it time for a new province in Pakistan?

  • The idea of a new South Punjab province is once again making news. The ruling party, PTI, announced on March 11 its intention to table a constitutional amendment bill in the parliament in April aimed at the creation of such a province. It also announced it would establish a South Punjab ‘mini’ ...
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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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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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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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Parliament in times of COVID-19

  • Should parliament continue working despite the coronavirus pandemic? At least some civil society organizations in Pakistan earlier thought so and demanded that both parliament and provincial assemblies continue meeting during the crisis. Initially, Indian Prime Minister Modi had thought so too...
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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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