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Crisis of Pakistani democracy

THE ongoing battle between the opposition and the PTI government has brought to the surface the worst of the prevailing political culture. It illustrates patterns of behaviour that should have…

Mossack Fonseca And Pakistani Democracy

Mossack Fonseca and Pakistani democracy

Prime ministers of countries of two hundred million people should never put themselves in a position to have to field questions about why their wealth, or the wealth of their…

Course Correction For Pakistani Democracy

Course correction for Pakistani democracy

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report which forms the basis of the Musharraf treason trial would be rejected by an area magistrate (the lowest magistrate in the judicial hierarchy) in…

Pakistani Democracy And Idealism

Pakistani democracy and idealism

Pakistan is a security state – something that has led to many an ill in the country. It would have been acceptable if in the last 60-plus-years we had transformed…

Pakistani Democracy

Pakistani democracy

Pakistan’s unstable democracy completes five years. The occasion merits a review of what kind of democracy our next generation deserves and how we can achieve it. This is important because…

How democracy was derailed — Part – III

As we saw in the previous article in this series (April 28), between the Tamizuddin judgment and the advice rendered under Special Reference No 1, the federal court led by…

How democracy was derailed — Part – II

As discussed in the previous article in this series (published on April 21), the imposition of Section 92A and dismissal of the Bengal Assembly was a body blow to democracy.…

Democracy beyond elections

Elections are an integral part of democracy. But even a free and fair election is not the only factor that makes a country a liberal democracy. In an essay published…

Democracy vs economy

As Pakistan’s two and a half mainstream political parties [one half of a party remains excluded from politics] aspire for power in Islamabad, their failure to focus on the economy…

Saving democracy

When the dark era of Gen Ziaul Haq ended abruptly in 1988, it rekindled the hopes of millions that Pakistan would be on the right track. Most people thought that…