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Crisis of the judiciary

THE Judge Arshad Malik saga is a tragicomedy. His affidavit submitted in the Islamabad High Court is being seen as a testimony of his compromised character. It also exposes the sad state…

Tainted Love

Tainted love

ALL rise, the Court of Chaudhry is in session. Now prostrate yourself before the court and beg its forgiveness, for the CJ is nothing if not kind and benevolent. Sinners…

One, two, three knockout punch

By the time these lines appear in print, the elections will be just two days away. However, what has emerged as one of the most lacklustre election campaigns in our…

Impartial accountability of all

Accountability is a key component of effective governance. It not only strengthens the foundations of democracy but also helps towards improving efficiency of government operations. Likewise, transparency provides essential and…

Judicialization of regime change

“There is hardly any political question in the United States that sooner or later does not turn into a judicial question” – Alexis de Tocqueville, ‘Democracy in America’ (1835) Political…

Democracy and dissent

Democracy can be a tricky term to explain in a political structure like the one that endures in Pakistan. Defining it can be as facile and effortless as Abraham Lincoln…

Undoing a constitutional fraud

The April 7 order of the Supreme Court, quashing the deputy speaker’s ruling of April 3 and, as a consequence, the prime minister’s advice and the president’s action of dissolving…

Glorifiers of criminality

Human rights. Freedom of expression. Democracy. These are the cleverest labels for crafting false as true and vice versa. While the political elite are discussed and torn apart regularly, as…

Systemic reform

When I first read Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ many moons ago as an impressionable young mind, it was embedded in my subconscious as a rare prospect. But, as time…

By Banigala I sat down and wept

Since the day we got Pakistan we have lived in the hope of Naya Pakistan. And there has been no dearth of messiahs. Ayub promised it, ZAB dazzled us, Zia…