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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…

Virtual parliament

THE hooliganism witnessed on June 15 in the National Assembly was the culmination of a sequence of events that began with the deafening noise during the prime minister’s first speech…

On parliament

WHEN signing off on this country’s sacred document, Zulfi Bhutto said, ‘No Constitution is ever workable without the patience, the tolerance, the search for accommodation that is necessary to the…

Parliament on ventilator

Pakistan is witnessing economic and political turmoil of an unprecedented scale and nature. State institutions and regulatory bodies no longer function independently due to the mounting pressure from the vacillating…

The parliament we need

THE Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services is an extremely useful institution created to assist members of parliament in the performance of their august tasks. Among other things the institute publishes…

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…

Give parliament its due

THE prime minister was absolutely right when he observed the other day that parliament was the best forum for government-opposition interaction. Implicit in his remark was an invitation to the…

Is parliament relevant?

On a January afternoon in 1642, the Stuart King of England, Charles I entered the House of Commons. This was not a scheduled entry of the monarch to parliament. He…