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Towards a consensus finally?

It was no doubt a special Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) – being held soon after the horrifying and unprecedented arson and vandalism acts across Pakistan's major cities that not only…

‘New’ Washington Consensus

The good news is the new budgetary proposals attempt to detach the national economy from the regressive conditionalities of the three-year, $6 billion IMF programme. Experience with such past programmes…

Age of democratic erosion

PRESIDENT Joe Biden’s initiative to hold a virtual ‘Summit for Democracy’ has been variously interpreted. Many in the West saw this as a timely effort to reinvigorate democracies, put the…

Democratic transitions

The similarities in images of protesters camped in tents in Armenia and Georgia over the past few months amid political crises in both countries have been striking. They are signs…

‘Saarc Consensus’

WE face a big political puzzle. Sections of the establishment and their allies push unproven, even failed governance ‘panaceas’ but oppose proven governance ideas. They don’t do so from ignorance…

Democratic System At Risk

Democratic system at risk

Elected civilian governments in Pakistan have mostly owed their fall less to the opposition parties’ doings and more to their own death wish. Hopes that our politicians had learnt enough…

Make Elections Democratic

Make elections democratic

The report that the parliamentary subcommittee has finalised its recommendations for electoral reform will be welcomed by all democratic-minded citizens. Also welcome are the efforts to make improvements in the…

Democratic Consolidation In 2015

Democratic consolidation in 2015

For some observers, 2015 marked the consolidation of power by the sitting government, and the entrenchment of the prime minister’s political position after what had been a tumultuous preceding year.…

Quaid’s Commitment To Democratic Norms

Quaid’s commitment to democratic norms

During his long political career, spanning some forty-four years (1904-48), Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah donned several roles. But whatever the mantle he donned, the Quaid stood steadfast by certain well-defined principles. Since…