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Poverty of political discourse

IN Pakistan’s deeply polarised and fraught environment the tone and content of political discourse has plunged to a level not witnessed before. Political conduct may not have been polite in…

Real issues

Is the PDM the real issue? Is the Senate election the real issue? For the 32 million, largely apolitical Pakistani families neither the PDM nor the Senate elections are the…

Ignoring the real issues

The PTI government has passed a bill of electoral reforms. The electoral reforms proposed by the government encompass 49 amendments and deletions from the Elections Act 2017. The most contentious…

Test case of political finance

THE regulation of political finance (PF) offers one of the greatest challenges to democracies around the world. Political parties, elected legislators and governments can become hostage to powerful and extremely…

Search for a political settlement

Three years ago – on May 6, 2018 – I barely survived an assassination attempt on my life as the interior minister of the country. Although my bullet wounds have…

Women and political inequality

GENDER inequality takes a variety of forms in Pakistan, but a fundamental one — and one whose rectification may help address all other variants as well — is political inequality.…

Senate polls & political malaise

RECENT controversies over the form and nature of the Senate election lay bare some long-standing and fundamental problems with Pakistan’s political landscape. The first, and what some may call the…

Issues in governance

IT is a settled principle of responsible governance that in times of the greatest crisis — external aggression or an epidemic — the national authority must proceed in light of…

Pakistan’s angry political culture

THE political culture of a country always evolves. But not necessarily in a positive direction. As elsewhere in the world, politics in Pakistan has long had unseemly dimensions. Political leaders…

Non-issues

Perhaps it is the lack of other forms of entertainment, or perhaps extreme polarisation is the cause, but whatever the case may be, we as a nation are infatuated with…