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Rebuilding parliamentary accountability

The entire edifice of accountability through parliamentary oversight of the Public Accounts Committees (PACs) has crumbled owing to the serious shortcomings highlighted in my earlier article on this subject (‘Accountability…

Parliamentary diplomacy

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser’s conduct of parliamentary diplomacy through the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Afghanistan presents an interesting case study. To put things into context, it is useful to…

Parliamentary vs presidential

IN over 70 years of Pakistan’s existence, our nation has been embroiled politically due to the ill-advised rabble-rousing tempest of Westminsterian democracy. Ill-chosen by the ruling establishment of the time…

Parliamentary Friendship

Parliamentary friendship

It is a matter of great privilege that National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has acknowledged my selfless struggle to promote regional peace and interfaith harmony by appointing me as the…

Parliamentary Privileges

Parliamentary privileges

The contest that has opened up between our parliamentarians on their ability to abuse women is deeply disgusting. But really neither their attitudes nor their vocabulary is especially shocking. We…

The Illusion Of Parliamentary Democracy

The illusion of parliamentary democracy

In Pakistan it is suddenly the season of mass rallies and prolonged sit-ins accompanied by violence which no other civilised country would allow. The current fad of every politician is…

Tribulations Of Parliamentary Democracy

Tribulations of parliamentary democracy

This is not the failure of democracy. But it certainly is the failure of one brand of democracy, that of the parliamentary kind. We just don’t seem to have it…

Unparliamentary Antics

Unparliamentary antics

As the upper house of parliament, with the same number of seats for all provinces irrespective of their population, the Senate has an important place and function in our federal…

The Great Parliamentary Comedy Of The Year

The great parliamentary comedy of the year

I recall BBC 4 Radio Broad-casting parliamentary jokes, but with grace. Due to lack of adequate academics, some of our legislators seldom talk in Parliament, but most of the people…