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The Democratic Pathway

The democratic pathway

One triumph, if it can be called a triumph at all, throughout 2016 was that we were able to cling onto our fragile democracy, despite moments when it appeared to…

Bilawal’s quest for a social democratic agenda

We had an intense discussion with Bilawal Bhutto at the end of the PPP’s provincial and national bodies’ meetings, attended by over 20,000 enthusiastic activists, in Lahore. What will be…

A ‘democratic’ Hypocrisy

A ‘democratic’ hypocrisy

Corruption has been alive and well in Pakistan for over six decades. Soon after the Quaid died and with Liaquat Ali Khan subsequently assassinated in 1951, a small coterie of…

Democratic Choice?

Democratic choice?

On June 23, the British public will vote on whether or not to remain in the European Union. Brexit, as it has been termed, is widely considered to be the…

ToRs And Democratic Sustainability

ToRs and democratic sustainability

A cautious and unsparing grand opposition has given some leeway to the prime minister for negotiations over its meticulously prepared Terms of Reference (ToRs), instead of collectively demanding his resignation.…

Democratic Corruption

Democratic corruption

“Chaste to her husband, frank to all beside / A teeming mistress, but a barren bride” — Alexander Pope From Brazil to Malaysia, democracy around the world is under threat.…

Democratic System At Risk

Democratic system at risk

Elected civilian governments in Pakistan have mostly owed their fall less to the opposition parties’ doings and more to their own death wish. Hopes that our politicians had learnt enough…

Make Elections Democratic

Make elections democratic

The report that the parliamentary subcommittee has finalised its recommendations for electoral reform will be welcomed by all democratic-minded citizens. Also welcome are the efforts to make improvements in the…