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Karachi Under Siege (Part 1): Two Dark Horses Neighing In ‘Open’ NA-247

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 15, 2018): One of the biggest constituencies of Karachi has become even larger now in form and shape of NA-247 — both quantitatively and qualitatively. Some 876,000 registered voters will exercise their right to vote here on July 25 with anticipated vote count forecasted to exceed the range of 56 to 67 percent. (See NA-247 map here) What makes the voters total number and the overall mind-set of the constituency’s voters a wild card now is the fact that it reflects a new matrix due to lastRead More


Khalai Makhlook Is a Reality Engaged in Machinations From Beyond the Borders: Aslam Beg

MIRZA ASLAM BEG: AFTER a long hearing, extending over several sessions, the trial court gave the verdict against Nawaz Sharif, rejecting their appeal for seven days delay, enabling them to be present on the occasion. It is a harsh judgment which sentenced Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison and a fine of 8 million pounds; his daughter Maryam Nawaz 7 years and fined two million pounds and retired Capt Safdar, his son-in-law one year rigorous imprisonment. The verdict has come at a critical time, with general elections only aRead More


Keeping Out Dual Nationals From Project Democracy: Re-Think Is Needed

Dual nationals should not be demonized IT is an emotional topic and has some roots in a narrow constitutional exclusion that the superior judiciary has interpreted as an absolute bar, but it is an issue that deserves closer examination. The law as interpreted by the Supreme Court bars the elected representatives of the people, in parliament, the provincial assemblies and the presidency, from holding dual nationality. While the law does permit Pakistani citizens to also be citizens of certain other countries, the weight of public and official opinion appears toRead More


Who Could Possibly Be The Caretaker Prime Minister Until Elections 2018 Are Held

IRSHAD SALIM (May 22, 2018) — The 5-year term of the present PML-N government comes to an end on May 31, after which the caretaker set-up will be put in place to hold elections which are expected to be held in the last week of July. The formation of a caretaker setup will be preceded by the successful ending of a second democratically elected 5-year civilian setup completing its full term as part of the ongoing project democracy in the country that saw Pakistan Peoples Party rule for the firstRead More


Imran Khan’s Bold Move: Setting a Welcome Democratic Precedent to Eliminate Horse-trading

FINALLY, a political leader has taken action, going beyond the condemnations and lamentations of the political system that have become so common. In an extraordinary news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, PTI supremo Imran Khan named members of his own party in the KP Assembly who allegedly sold their votes in the recent Senate elections. Twenty PTI MPAs from KP were named by Mr Khan, who claimed that internal party action will be initiated against the accused legislators before evidence is turned over to the National Accountability Bureau. Mr Khan’sRead More