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Only Way Out Of The Marsh

Only way out of the marsh

In his book Makhdoom Javed Hashmi defines a closing of ranks by Pakistani politicians as a sign of impending military intervention. The politicians are well within their rights to fight…

Running Scared

Running scared

With parliamentary elections only a few months away, Pakistan’s political landscape has been shaken up by an unlikely player. Tahirul Qadri has upset the calculations of most political parties by…

Tax Delinquents

Tax delinquents

A resident of Alberta, Canada, has posed a question through email that deserves a detailed and satisfactory reply. The statement quoted in this mail, though based on misunderstanding, reflects sadly…

Viewpoint: The Gathering Of Troublemakers

Viewpoint: The gathering of troublemakers

Sheikhul Islam Allama Tahirul Qadri of Canada has been busy collecting like-minded elements as he prepares for his January 14 rabble rousing march on Islamabad. The MQM has been an eager…

The Mood Of The Moment

The mood of the moment

Pakistan’s mainstream political leadership appears edgy these days. All of a sudden many politicians seem to have had a revelation that a conspiracy is being hatched to derail the country’s…

Outcome of judicial activism

The PPP chairman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in his first public speech, underlined the exercise of judicial activism by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and objected to the court’s performance. He…

Capital Suggestion

Capital suggestion

Our current system of checks and balances is not working. We have a democratically-elected representative political government and a constitutionally-mandated separation-of-powers system. Yes, the judiciary is now claiming its long-lost…

Concept Of Judicial Independence

Concept of judicial Independence

The judiciary as a custodian of the constitution and guarantor of the fundamental rights of the people is not only considered as the most sanctimonious organ of the state machinery,…

Egypt’s Zia Ul Haq?

Egypt’s Zia ul Haq?

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been dubbed Egypt’s new pharaoh, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Cincinnatus, Benito Mussolini, Abraham Lincoln, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and even another Hosni Mubarak. Comparisons and juxtapositions are being…